April 13, 2010
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Drake shoots video in Jamaica - Mavado to make cameo appearance
Krista Henry, Staff Reporter


Drake - Contributed

Singjay Mavado is set to make a cameo appearance in rapper Drake's latest music video which is currently being shot in Jamaica.

The video is being shot for the yet-to-be-released song, Find Your Love and is being directed by one of the top commercial and music video directors in the United States, Anthony Mandler.

Mandler has shot mainstream videos including Rihanna's Russian Roulette, John Mayer's Who Says, Jay-Z's Run This Town, and for the likes of Mary J. Blige, John Legend, T.I. and Beyoncé.

The video and its production is being kept tightly under wraps from foreign and local media. However, a source close to the production revealed that the video was a three-day shoot being filmed throughout Kingston, starting yesterday and ending on Wednesday.

bikini-clad females


Mavado - File

Mavado will be doing his filming today and tomorrow. Drake arrived in the island yesterday and started filming by Sandy Beach in Port Royal.

When THE STAR visited the set yesterday, Drake and crew had taken over the beach and was filming on the hillside, alongside bikini-clad females, overlooking the sea.

According to persons working on the shoot, a bonfire was to be set up on the beach in the night for further filming and later the crew was set to move to Cassava Piece for more scenes.

The source said, "Mavado has a major role in the video. He and Drake are good friends and when Drake came here the last time he saw some scenes he wanted to have in his next video and thought that Mavado fit the role well." According to the source, on Drake's last visit here, he had also recorded some material and he and Mavado are expected to do work together in the future.

first studio album

Drake is a popular Canadian actor and recording artist, who burst unto the scene in 2009 and having already worked with acts such as Lil' Wayne, Birdman, Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay-Z. The rapper is known for songs Best I Ever Had and Say Something with Timbaland. He is expected to release his first studio album Thank Me Later sometime this year.

When contacted, Mavado's manager Julian Jones-Griffith was tight-lipped about the video. Jones-Griffith told THE STAR however, that the singjay had debuted his latest single 9 Life on New York's Hot 97 on Sunday night. The song is produced by Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor and will be officially released on iTunes shortly.

According to Jones-Griffith, the song was recorded the day after Mavado was involved in a bike accident last week. The artiste suffered cuts and bruises after colliding into a car in the Manor Park area.

Jones-Griffith said, "He (Mavado) has a lot of music working on. We're doing some work with a big European producer, Alliance is changing up the game and setting the trends, taking it to a new dimension. We also have another big song coming out soon with Stephen, a cross-over love song called For You."


The crew set up on the hillside for Drake's video shoot at Sandy Beach in Port Royal. - Krista Henry photo

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