Mavado & Friends – West Indian Social Club, Hartford CT

For the first time since his visa had been reinstated, popular DJ and entertainer, David “Mavado” Brooks, took the stage in Hartford, Connecticut (9/25/2011). His return to the United States was eagerly anticipated by his diehard fans as the artiste, along with other popular DJ’s such as Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, and Aidonia, among others, has had his visa revoked in April 2010. In July of this year, Mavado became the first of this group of artistes to have his visa reinstated. Ever since then he has been back in the United States touring and promoting his new label, Mansion Records.  In addition, Mavado announced on September 2nd on HOT 97FM that he recently signed on to DJ Khaled’s “We The Best Music Group”.

Troopa Traloopa from New York, German International from Springfield, along with Mad Alliance and Money Machine of Hartford provided fans with live juggling prior to the show.  The stage performance was slated to begin at 6PM sharp, but did not begin until about 8PM. Spectators were introduced to Jukie Blacks and Baby Bashment, two local artistes who held the attention of the audience with their performances. Shortly after, radio personality and hostess, Glenda G, asked the patrons if they were ready to see Mavado perform. The question was met with cheers, screams, and applause. The cheers and screams soared as Mavado entered the stage and greeted the audience.

Mavado’s appeared calm and laid-back, as if he was right at home. One could sense that he was grateful to be back in Connecticut.  The controversial entertainer mentioned to fans that he had been through some difficult times recently and one of his friends was killed, but he was still blessed and appreciated the support of his fans. The DJ delivered a very lively performance which spanned approximately an hour and was accompanied by a member of his Gully Squad, Flexxx. 

Some of the hits Mavado performed were “Weh Dem A Do”, “Dreaming”, “Amazing Grace”, “On The Rock”, and “Never Believe You”, among many others. His smash hit single, “I’m So Special”, was  widely received, as was hit new hit single, ”Delilah”.  Mavado closed the show with another one of his recent hits, “Pepper”. Although Mavado’s image is purported to portray that of a gangster, it was evident that he had won the females in the audience, as they sang along with him word for word during each song. In addition, there were more females present in the audience than they were men.

The event drew a sizeable crowd of approximately 1600 patrons, and was incident free which can be viewed as a success. Mavado is set to perform in other cities such as Philadelphia and Washington, DC in the future.

Special thanks to G-Money Alliance.