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December 28, 2012
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Mavado settles with BVI promoters

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The controversy between David 'Mavado' Brooks and the Festivals and Fairs Committee has been settled, paving the way for the top-rated Jamaican artiste to perform in the British Virgin Islands.

According to a report in BVI News, chairman of the Committee, Marvin Blyden, revealed that all that is left is for an exact date to be determined.

"The Committee made a decision in my last meeting that we will seek to have a show. So we could look forward to a Mavado show some time in the future before festival in August as a fundraiser."

The chairman further stated that the matter was resolved during a meeting with the Mavado camp about two weeks ago.

Up to late last month, the artiste's manager Jullian Jones-Griffith and representatives of the Committee were yet to reach a settlement.

They were considering the option between a show and Jones-Griffith refunding a US$15,000 down payment that was made through him for Mavado to perform at the Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta in August 2012.

When Mavado failed to show up at the event, the BVI Festivals and Fairs Committee demanded the refund and sharply criticised Jones-Griffith in a report that was tabled in the House of Assembly on November 15.

"A refund was requested and to this date has not been returned," the report said.

In a subsequent interview with BVI News, Jones-Griffith who seemed unwilling to refund the down payment said Mavado was still interested in performing for his BVI fans.

"They will see him soon. We have been negotiating to get Mavado in the BVI as quick as possible. We wanted to come in early January, but I guess that is not a good time for shows in Tortola. So we will come there as soon as we can. He has been there once before right? So I know his return is being eagerly anticipated. And he will be there soon," Jones-Griffith said late last month.

Blyden is now singing the same tune. "The committee is still hoping that we can pull off a good Mavado show. The timing just has to be right. You know when you have a holiday coming and you think yours is the only function, everybody else out there has something. So, we trying to find a date that is gonna be comfortable for Mavado and ourselves."

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