May 18, 2010

Mavado’s Manager Respond To Jamaica’s Tourism Minister

A representative for dancehall star MAVADO has brushed off criticism from Jamaica’s tourism minister about a cameo in rapper DRAKE’s new video, after taking issue with his portrayal of a gun-toting local gangster.

Drake shot the promo for Find Your Love in the Jamaican cities of Kingston and St. Andrew, and follows the hip-hop star as he pursues a woman romantically linked to a gang leader named Puffy, played by Mavado.

The video ends with Drake being kidnapped and held at gunpoint, and bullets can be heard being fired as the screen fades to black.

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett protested the content of the video last week (ends14May10), expressing his disappointment at the apparent link between the Caribbean country and gun culture.

He said, “Care has to be taken by all, including our creative artists, in portraying images of our destination and people. Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing (the island’s image).”

But Mavado’s manager, Julian Jones-Griffith, has defended the star, insisting the promo’s storyline simply borrows from past headlines in the Jamaican media.

He says, “The concept that they came up with, where did they come up with that? If Mavado did not do it, another Jamaican actor would have done it.”

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