Capleton's show to return
'St Mary Mi Come From' slated for next year
Capleton (centre) is flanked by Suzette Bennett (left) and sister Olympian Aileen Bailey at Thursday Night Live's 'Acoustic Inna Di City' in St Andrew.

CAPLETON, conceptualiser of popular charity show 'A St Mary Mi Come From', said the event will be back on the calendar for next year.

He made the revelation to the Jamaica Observer during Thursday Night's Live 'Acoustic Inna Di City' at The Cove On Winchester Avenue in Kingston for which he was the headliner.

"It's gonna be held same place at Gray's Inn Sports Complex [in Annotto Bay] and it's going to be next year. It's usually the fifth of August but [because] the place did open kinda late and we never have enough time fi promotion, wi just a seh next year — full force," he told the Observer.

The firebrand entertainer stressed the importance of giving back to the community.

Capleton in performance at Thursday Night Live's 'Acoustic Inna Di City', held at The Cove on Winchester Road in St Andrew.Photos: Karl Mclarty

"It is very important, because giving and sharing is the act of God and me is a humanitarian. I love to give back to schools and hospitals, reform centres and community centres … I keep back-to-school [treats] in St Ann, St Mary, even in Kingston," he said.

On Tuesday Capleton escaped serious injury when the Mercedes-Benz SUV he was travelling in "hit a stump" and overturned along the Llandewey road in St Thomas. The vehicle was reportedly totalled.

He was returning from a charity show in Cedar Valley, St Thomas, and was with relatives at the time of the accident. Sizzla Kalonji also performed on the show.

A St Mary Mi Come From was first held in 2000 at Clement's Park in the parish. Capleton said it was his way of giving back to the parish of his birth. Its last staging was 2018.

That staging, held at the National Stadium in St Andrew, was cut short by cops who pulled the plug after the event went past its 2:00 am cut-off time, in keeping with the stipulations of the Noise Abatement Act. The event also suffered from poor patronage.

Capleton, whose given name is Clifton Bailey, exploded out of St Mary in the late 1980s with hard-hitting dancehall songs like No Lotion Man and Red.

A decade later, his life and music became more spiritual after he embraced Rastafari. Since then he has become known for anthems such as Raggy Road, Tour, Wings of The Morning, and Jah Jah City.

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer

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