DJ Khago has dissolved his managerial partnership with Paul ‘Bankey’ Giscombe and is advising the public that Giscombe is no longer authorized to conduct business on his behalf.
“I am the ultimate boss of my career so as of this date, August 14th, I will no longer be represented by Paul Giscombe as his mismanagement of my career has cost me millions in potential earnings and caused me a lot of stress,” Khago, whose real name is Ricardo Gayle, said.
Khago said that Bankey’s management style was dictatorial as he did not consult with him on most business and booking decisions that affected his career, and that Bankey famously sided with I Octane against him earlier this year during their long-running feud — a move that branded him as the antagonist and a troublemaker.
“Him shelve mi career when him tek Octane side when the ‘Blood a Boil’ song just come out, and worse, him never even consult wid mebefore him go to the paper and say him no agree wid me doing that song. The manstall mi career because from January, mi hardly a get no show, ah just one month ago mi fly for the first time, months after mi have the Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem, the biggest song inna Jamaica fi 2010,” he said.
“Bankey turned down several shows for me, him cramp me career bad.”
Khago also said that the first time he flew to do an international show in July, he travelled coach to Bahamas while his manager flew first class.
“Ah history that mek, most people never hear about somethinglike that happening. How the artiste ah travel coach and the manager ah travel first class? How that work? What kind of management is that? How mi ah the hottest artiste inna December, and mi no get no show since January?” he asked.
Khago said that he felt demoralized as a result of Bankey’s actions and the resulting stress has begun to affect his creative output.
“I feel like a slave on a plantation, mi used to love music,but that changed now because ever since mi get Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem inna2010, mi caan smile about it. Bankie ensure say mi stress, that mi no get nojoy from music, if me perform on a show and do well, and people come over tocompliment or hail mi, him run dem weh say dem a over-hype the artiste, him never say mi do a good performance yet,” he said.
“Bankey is not operating as a manager, he does not turn up at my shows, the only ones I can remember him attending are the two Reggae Sumfest dem, plus him disorganized, most times, he tells me that I have a show on the day of the show. Him do one interview inna the paper and lick weh mi whole career, but mi a tek charge of my future again. I am grateful for what he has done so far to make people know me but mi caan go another day inna this situation, it feel too much like bondage. Whatsoever he has spent to further my career, once he has documentation to back it up, I will reimburse him in time,” Khago said.
Khago burst on the dancehall scene two years ago with Caan Cool, however, he became a household name last year with Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem that hit the #1 spot on several dancehall charts locally and internationally. He has continued his good run this year with Blood a Boil holding the number one spot on FiWi Choice Topten charts for three consecutive weeks. He recently recorded several songs for producer Ainsley ‘Notnice’ Morris on the Corey Todd Records/Notnice imprint. One of those songs was We Nuh Trust Friend, a combination with Jahvinci. Khago premiered the video for another standout single, ‘Tun Up Di Ting’ on the Overproof riddim on the JA Productions label, last week during CVM TV’s Onstage.
“Anyone who wants to contact me for bookings locally oroverseas should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 466-6682,” he said.