Cess Silvera, writer and director of Shottas, recently announced that Jamaican singer Mavado (whose real name is David Constantine Brooks) is on board with Shottas 2. Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley is slated for the role of Biggs. The film is the sequel to the 2002 urban classic Shottas, which starred Ky-Mani Marley, Carlton ‘Spragga Benz’ Grant, and Munair Zacca. According to Simone Morgan (Jamaica Observer), Shottas—the Jamaican term for gangsters—chronicles the lives of two friends who participated in organized crime in Jamaica and the United States. She writes that “the 2002 flick had a cult following long before” its 2006 U.S. debut.
Last year, Mavado—whose signature calling card is Gangsta for Life—played a gangster in American rapper Drake’s video Find Your Love. Since then he has inked a deal with DJ Khaled’s “We the Best Music Group.” He has released singles such as Emergency which features hip-hop artiste Ace Hood and Survivor, a collaboration effort with Akon.
[. . .] Under the guidance of dancehall artiste Bounty Killer, Mavado released his debut single in 2004 called Real McKoy. This was soon followed by a string of hit songs including Weh Dem a Do and Dying. In 2007, he released his album ‘Gangsta for Life: The Symphony’ of David Brooks. In 2008, the artiste, who goes by the moniker The Gully Gad, won a United Kingdom MOBA (Music of Black Origin) Award for Best Reggae Act and two years later he took the Male Singjay of the Year at the EME (Excellence in Music and Entertainment) Awards.
For original article, see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/MAVADO-FOR-SILVER-SCREEN_11318384
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