'Raggy Road' fails to stop Capleton

FIREBRAND singjay Capleton remains the headliner for Thursday evening's gig — dubbed Thursday Night Live slated for Winchester Road in St Andrew — despite being involved in a near-fatal motor vehicle crash in St Thomas on Tuesday.

His manager, Claudette Kemp, confirmed it with the Jamaica Observer hours after the incident.

"He will be there. Capleton will be fine. He is blessed. He will be at Thursday Night Live," said Kemp.

Dancehall deejay Jahvillani is also billed for the show.

Capleton escaped serious injuries 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.

According to Kemp, the artiste 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.

"He was at Andrews [Memorial Hospital in St Andrew] and dem treated him and sent him home. So he's okay. He's alright," she told the Observer.

"His brother, nephew and cousin were with him. His nephew is to do an X-ray... It's a far place he went [and] he was on his way back. The road conditions are really bad in St Thomas," she continued.

The journey from Cedar Valley to Kingston is a two-hour drive.

Kemp said after the crash, Sizzla was one of the first entertainers to see Capleton.

"That's what it is all about, unity," she said.

Capleton is not one to leave his fans hanging.

In 2016, he was performing at a show in France and fell through a hole in the stage and suffered two broken ribs. He still went on and fulfilled his obligations to his fans and completed the remaining gigs on his schedule.

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 B..bo 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.

He is the conceptualiser of 'St Mary Mi Come' From charity show which makes donations to several schools and hospitals in and outside the parish.

Capleton's overturned Mercedes-Benz SUV on the Llandewey road in St Thomas on Tuesday.

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