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Who Is Mavado And What Is He Doing Now?

Mavado at Reggae Sumfest 2008 Photo by Psycler – Creative Commons

Jamaican dancehall performer Mavado doesn’t get as much attention as a “kill LGBT” performer as other artistes such as Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Capleton, and Sizzla. (We also list I Wayne, an up-and-coming dancehall artiste, as a “kill LGBT” performer.)

Mavado is more known for the violence of his lyrics and as a result he has been banned from several Caribbean countries such as Guyana, St Vincent, and the Grenadines in 2008. There have been reports of violence at his concerts and claims that he “incited violence” at concerts in Guyana in 2010.

See Mavado banned for his ‘gangsta lyrics’ and Mavado accused of inciting chaos at Guyana concert

Mavado has called himself the “Gangsta for Life” after the name of one of his albums.

Mavado has had problems getting a visa to work in the U.S. in the past.

Mavado was unable to obtain a Canadian work visa so he could appear at the Montreal International Reggae Festival 08/20/11.

In April 2010, Mavado and a number of the other Jamaican murder music performers such as Beenie Man and Bounty Killer had their U.S. work visas revoked. It is surprising that Mavado is the first of this group to have his work visa restored.

Mavado was arrested on serious criminal charges in two separate cases in Jamaica in 2011, both involving assault. See Mavado entourage member shot by police dies and Mavado Arrested

Mavado was convicted on charges of assault and malicious destruction of property on May 7th, 2012. He received a total fine of JA$ 100,000 which is about $1,152 in U.S. dollars, a ridiculously low fine. Mavado is due in Court on February 12th, 2013 to face charges of assault occasioning bodily harm.

Mavado is identified as the Jamaican performer who bribed an assistant regional security officer for investigations at the U.S. embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, David J Rainsberger, to obtain a visa to work in the U.S. Rainsberger has plead guilty to the charges

Here are some of Mavado’s “kill LGBT” songs:


(I’ve only been able to find a single line of the lyrics from “Batty Bwoy Termination”: “Battyboy Must Die, yeahyeahyeah, Lesbian Must Die, yeahyeahyeah, Sodomite Mus Die, yeahyeahyeah…”)

DEM A FAG (2008)


(Note: “Batty man” and “batty bwoy” are derogatory names for gay men in Jamaican Patois. “Batty,” in Jamaican Patois, means “butt.” So a “batty man” is a “butt man.” We usually translate “batty man” or “batty bwoy” as “faggot.”)

Mavado has never signed a Reggae Compassionate Act agreement This is an agreement not to promote hatred and violence. (A number of murder music artistes have signed Reggae Compassionate Act agreements and then have denied signing them or have violated their agreements, or both. Of the artistes listed in the “Dancehall Dossier,” only the group T.O.K. has complied, so far, with their Reggae Compassionate Act agreement.

Jamaica is a very, very religious country. In Jamaica, both male homosexuality between consenting adults and abortion are illegal. The Rastafari, particularly, are anti LGBT, anti abortion and anti birth control.

Suggested reading about extreme homophobia in Jamaica and “kill LGBT” Jamaican dancehall music:

“Dancehall Dossier”

Guernica Magazine “Murder Music”

Time Magazine “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth?”

“28 LGBT Jamaicans granted asylum in U.S. in 2010?

Amnesty International USA “’Battybwoys affi dead:’ Action against homophobia in Jamaica” “What happened to ‘One Love’?”

Human Rights Watch “All Jamaicans Are Threatened by a Culture of Homophobia”

The Atlantic “How AIDS Became a Caribbean Crisis”

UK Independent “Jamaica: A grim place to be gay”


(The word “batty” means “butt” in Jamaican Patois. “Batty man” is a derogatory term for a gay man in Jamaica and the Caribbean. We translate “batty man” or “batty bwoy” as “faggot.”)

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