Both camps have stepped forward to address allegations that Mavado did not performed on the annual Slingerz Caribbean Summer Jam in Guyana last weekend.
Mavado blame the promoter for his no show, however, the promoter blame Mavado claiming that he refused to perform because of Tommy Lee.
“At the conclusion of Tommy Lee’s performance and whilst still discussing with a Slingerz Family representative whether he would perform, Mavado indicated that the present show was Tommy Lee’s show and maybe Slingerz family should hold a show the next day, which would be the Mavado show,” Slingerz said in a statement.
Mavado’s manager Julian Jones Griffith says there is absolutely no truth to the promoter’s story.
“Who behaves like that in 2013? Mavado and Tommy Lee have performed on shows together in the Caribbean before,” Jones Griffith said. “Me and Heavy D a bredrin. There’s absolutely no animosity between the two camps whatsoever. In fact, some of Mavado’s band members actually rehearsed with Tommy Lee and played for him on the show in Guyana that same night.”
Both Tommy Lee publicist and manager also refute the promoter’s claim of tension between the two dancehall stars.
“This rumour is being circulated online that Mavado refused to share the stage with Tommy Lee Sparta because of rivalry between the two artistes,” Lee’s publicist Keona Williams said. “Some have posted that Mavado refused to leave his hotel based on Tommy Lee’s popularity in Guyana and had concerns about who was to close the show. These claims are all false. Rehearsals were done with Mavado’s band and two of his band members, in fact, backed Tommy’s performance at Guyana’s National Stadium despite Mavado’s absence.”
“We got this booking from about January, and it was to be Tommy alone and then they add Mavado and everyone was ok with it,” Tommy Lee manager Heavy D said. “So when they say Mavado didn’t know Tommy was on the show, that’s not true. We stayed at the same hotel in Guyana. Julian and me always been cool. We never had no problem before. I have no idea how we get blame for Mavado not appearing.”
Mavado held his own concert on Monday in Guyana after the no show on Saturday. The show was sold out and fans left the venue happy.