Guest speaker at Tuesday's launch of A St Mary Mi Come From' had high praises for musical ambassador Capleton for not forgetting the parish of his birth.
UWI professor, Dr. Carolyn Cooper reminded the large gathering at the launch that Capleton is "an artiste who has supported positivity and we have to big him up. A lot of us forget where we come from".
From the response, it would seem that many in the room were in total agreement with her.
After a three-year hiatus, the hugely popular charity show staged by the internationally-acclaimed reggae artiste, Capleton, makes its triumphant return to the stage. 'A St Mary Mi Come From' now celebrating its 12th year will be held on August 5 at what has now become its official home, the Gray's Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay, St Mary. This year's renewal of the event is a celebration of all that is good about Jamaica and musical ambassador, Capleton, is elated at being able to continue to give back to St Mary and adjoining parishes in a meaningful way.
"A mi birth parish, St Mary is everything to mi. Wi grow up there an' wi know what suffering is all about," the altruistic Capleton is quoted as saying.
This year, a slew of artistes will be taking the stage not only to entertain patrons, but also to endorse Capleton and his charitable work. The stellar line-up includes Capleton, Jah Cure, Barrington Levy, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Bounty Killer, Cocoa Tea, Ninja Man, Romain Virgo, Aidonia, Lady G, Nadine Sutherland, Terro Fabulous, Josey Wales, Ken Boothe, Louie Culture, Richie Spice,Tanto Blacks, Kalado, Jah Bouks, Ikaya, Munga Honourable, Warrior King, Chuck Fenda, Kelissa,Chezidek, Ibahmar,Bushman, Don Andre, Accid, Clymaxx, Jigsy King, Zamunda, Adahzeh, Dann I, Furious, Yvad, Urim 7, Squeechie Joe, DYCR, Ninja Kid, Wicker, Bobby Tenna, Blacka Dann, Loyal Flames, Ras Takura, Eg and more.
A number of institutions in St Mary, St Ann, Portland and St Andrew have benefited from A St Mary Mi Come from, including the Port Maria Hospital, Islington High School (Capleton's alma mater), Annotto Bay Hospital, Oberlin High School, and Haile Selassie High School.