Gangsta For Life - The Symphony Of David Brooks - Movado

VP Records

Movado, the name of a high-end brand of Swiss watches is the Esperanto word for ‘movement’. It also accurately describes what’s happening in Jamaican Dancehall today. A new generation of ‘Young Turks’ is moving the island’s indigenous urban music toward a new hardcore attitude. David Brooks is a case in point. He grew up in Cassava Piece, one of Kingston’s notorious ghettos. It’s an upbringing that has left him indelibly marked. Although he’s adopted the stage name, ‘Movado’, his sound isn’t about the bling. Instead, it reflects the lack of movement and the harsh reality of street life, in a place where there are no social safety nets to break your fall. His lyrics, thick in the patois of the island’s poor, are raw and uncompromising. And, the title of his break-through album, ‘Gangsta For Life – The Symphony Of David Brooks’ makes no excuses for where he’s come from. After leaving high school, Movado found work in a liquor store, but the job only lasted one day. He says he always knew that music would provide for him

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