CAPLETON SHARES STORY OF MOV­ING TO KINGSTON

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT - STEPHANIE LYEW STAR Writer

As a Ja­maican, it is not un­com­mon to hear the state­ment, “Cuh coun­try come a town.”

That is prob­a­bly the phrase that many in­di­vid­u­als would have used to re­fer to Clifton George Bai­ley III, more pop­u­larly known as Capleton, when he be­gan his tran­si­tion to Kingston from Is­ling­ton, St Mary, at the age of 18 years.

“I came to live amongst fam­ily af­ter leav­ing the plan­ta­tion [life] come to town; it was not a bed of roses,” Capleton said.

The reg­gae vet­eran ex­plained that in his jour­ney to be­come an artiste, he held many jobs. These in­clude work­ing at Cay­manas Park, then the Kingston Free Zone, and fi­nally in the sales depart­ment of Lee’s Fifth Av­enue in Trop­i­cal Plaza.

“Many peo­ple would not have known that, but I worked in the chil­dren’s sec­tion at Lee’s Fifth Av­enue for many years. It was the last place that I worked be­fore do­ing mu­sic full-time,” he said.

Fol­low­ing the launch for A St Mary Mi Come From: Come A Town, held at the Louise Ben­nett Gar­den The­atre on Tues­day evening, Capleton said his ca­reer in mu­sic did not hap­pen overnight.

Capleton, also re­ferred to as ‘King Shango’, ‘The Fire­man’ and ‘The Prophet’, has not only es­tab­lished him­self as a reg­gae leg­end, but also a phi­lan­thropist who cre­ated St Mary Mi Come From, a long-run­ning char­ity show that has been in ex­is­tence since 2000. The show is be­ing re­lo­cated to Kingston.

The That Day Will Come en­ter­tainer said, “St Mary mean every­thing to mi, it is weh mi navel string cut. The show com­ing to town is not tak­ing any­thing from the parish, but to ben­e­fit it.”

He says the im­proved con­cept for A St Mary Mi Come From is ex­actly what he did af­ter fin­ish­ing school at the Is­ling­ton High School (now Ho­race Clarke High School), that is, ‘come a town’, but he stressed that it does not nec­es­sar­ily mean it is a move away, but a way to cre­ate a bond be­tween two parishes.

Aside from St Mary be­ing his place of birth and first home, he shared: “It is the place that I go to as of­ten as I can, when I am not work­ing, to catch fish. Fish­ing is my sport and it is good med­i­ta­tion to be in the environment, tak­ing in the min­er­als from the sea. I don’t eat fish, but I like to feel the line in my hands, it is a real joy for me and to use that space to med­i­tate.”

The show is sched­uled for Satur­day, Novem­ber 10, at the Na­tional Arena and fea­tures a di­verse line-up of new and sea­soned reg­gae and dance­hall artistes, in­clud­ing Sis­ter Carol, Co­coa Tea, Bongo Her­man, Jah9, Bee­nie Man, Chi Ching Ching, Pop­caan, Shane O and Ikaya, among oth­ers.

STEPHANIE LYEW

Capleton left Is­ling­ton, St Mary, at the age of 18 to live in Kingston.

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