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10 Things you don’t know about Capleton

  1. His full name is Clifton George Bailey III
  2. Capleton rejects the name given to him at birth, given its European origin. He now prefers “King Shango
  3. He was born on 13 April 1967 in Jamaica
  4. As a teenager, he snuck out of his home to catch local dancehall acts, eventually leaving St. Mary for Kingston at the age of 18 to work on his career as a dancehall deejay.
  5. In 1989, he got his first big international exposure. Stewart Brown, owner of a Toronto-based sound called African Star, gave the untested artist his first break, flying him to Canada for a stage show alongside Ninjaman and Flourgan
  6. Capleton’s annual ‘A St Mary Mi Come From’ live show has raised funds for several charities since it was first staged in 2000, including local schools and hospitals.
  7. He stated in an interview on TraceTV that he doesn’t eat meat of any kind, consume dairy in any form, or even eat anything from soya. “Not an ordinary vegetarian…” he stated, “I’m vegan.”
  8. He also touches on the subject of his lyrics regarding fire, saying they are metaphoric references of purification, not violence or murder.
  9. Capleton has faced criticism for anti-gay lyrics in some of his songs though homosexuality remains illegal in his native Jamaica
  10. Capleton himself has admitted that through his Rastafari faith he believes that a homosexual lifestyle is not right, but has insisted that terms such as “burn” and “fire” are not to be understood in the literal sense “to go out and burn and kill people”, but as a metaphor for “purification” and cleansing. As part of an agreement to end the Stop Murder Music campaign, Capleton and other artists allegedly signed the Reggae Compassionate Act (RCA) in 2007.

 

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