HEROES OVER­LOOKED Caple­ton salutes Mar­ley, Tacky

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

Reg­gae/dance­hall artiste Caple­ton may be hes­i­tant to dis­cuss his own ad­ver­si­ties, but the strong-voiced en­ter­tainer was very vo­cal on the topic of in­di­vid­u­als who should be given the ti­tle of ‘hero’.

Over the years, THE STAR has re­ported on the St Mary-born man who takes on the mis­sion of walk­ing bare­foot from his par­ish to the cap­i­tal city of Kingston as a trib­ute to Tacky. The man, Der­rick Robin­son, who goes by the name Black X, has made it his duty to ad­vo­cate for the pro­claimed Coro­man­tee chief to be added to the list of Ja­maica’s heroes – an ef­fort that Caple­ton re­spects.

“Noth­ing not wrong with him (Black X) walk­ing for what he be­lieves,” Caple­ton said.

“Tacky should be named a hero be­cause he was the brain be­hind some of the things that peo­ple still don’t know about as one of the first to start the lib­er­a­tion. He was a great war­rior.”

The en­ter­tainer says reg­gae le­gend Bob Mar­ley, like Tacky, is over­looked and de­serves to be a hero.

“Reg­gae mu­sic is a mir­a­cle to the world, and peo­ple are cap­ti­vated by it. Any­where you go, peo­ple say Bob Mar­ley done a lot for Ja­maica,” he said.

Caple­ton de­scribed a hero as a “great leader”, and ref­er­enc­ing that def­i­ni­tion, he said Bob Mar­ley has led oth­ers in the mu­sic in­dus­try to do more for the genre.

“I have lots of heroes. I can’t name one be­cause all peo­ple who do great work and up­lift­ing things to change peo­ple life or en­hance a per­son to be bet­ter in terms of levity, I con­sider them heroes,” he said.

Through Caple­ton Mu­sic Inc., the en­ter­tainer has will­ingly do­nated funds as and has shared his time to im­prove the state of com­mu­nity cen­tres, schools, and hos­pi­tals over the years.

Caple­ton said that per­sons might call him a hero be­cause of his char­i­ta­ble works, but he does not think too much of the ti­tle.

“Hear the great part of Even if you don’t get it (the of­fi­cial ti­tle of hero) from the sys­tem, is when you hear it from the peo­ple.” it:

RI­CARDO MAKYN

Bob Mar­ley Der­rick Robin­son has been walk­ing to have Tacky de­clared a na­tional hero. Caple­ton

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