Saturday August 5 is the date for this year’s staging of the highly-anticipated charity show, ‘A St Mary Mi Come From’, scheduled to be held at the Gray’s Inn Sports Complex in the parish.
The event, which this year is marking its 13th staging, is reggae star Capleton’s way of showing his benevolence, in particular to his native parish, St Mary. However, this year will be extra special, as there will be a twofold celebration which will include the official celebration of Capleton’s milestone 50th earthstrong and a celebration of Jamaica’s musical legends.
“Capleton’s 50th birthday was on April 13 and while the idea was to have just a small gathering at his home, by way of acknowledging the day, it actually turned out into something big….you know Capleton, he has many friends and they all came by and before you knew it, there was a big party. However, come August 5, the Prophet will celebrate his half a century with fans in a memorable way,” manager Claudette Kemp explained.
Regarding this year’s show, she added that Capleton is looking forward to honouring the legends and the pioneers who helped to build reggae music, which has its origins in Jamaica and is now being carried to the four corners of the earth. Among the artistes on the legendary lineup will be six-time Jamaican Festival Song Competition winner, Eric Donaldson; the singer with the golden voice, the legendary Cocoa Tea, who is a cornerstone of ‘A St Mary Mi Come From’; the singer with the golden voice, Sanchez and the only artiste to top both the reggae and dancehall charts simultaneously – as a singer and as deejay, using different names – George Nooks.
‘A St Mary Mi Come From’ made a welcome comeback in 2016, after a brief hiatus, and, according to the organisers, 2017 is already set to be awesome as Capleton and Friends celebrate with the legends.
Proceeds from A St. Mary Mi Come From have gone towards a number of educational and health institutions, including Port Maria Hospital, Islington High School, Annotto Bay Hospital and Haile Selassie High School.