St. Mary Mi Come From, the annual charity stage show organized by the ‘Fireman’ Capleton, will make its return to the parish on August 5, 2024, after a six-year hiatus.
The show will be held at Gray’s Inn Sports Complex. It was last held in 2018 and has seen some of reggae’s biggest dancehall and reggae artists performing. Proceeds of the show go to selected charitable projects in the parish as Capleton’s way of giving back to the community.
“Mi remember we did a try bring it back inna the covid but the entire covid thing give we a setback,” Capleton told DancehallMag. He also attributed the break to sustained rainfall that affected planning. “One time all the rain to, mi remember all one time we bring it go Kingston indoors cause we a say rain or shine,” he said.
First held in 2000, St. Mary Mi Come From got its name from the lyrics in Capleton’s 1999 track More Prophet, which appeared on Steely & Clevie’s Dirty Money riddim. With challenges behind him, he’s overjoyed that the show will make its long-anticipated return this summer.
“It’s a great feeling. Remember it’s a charitable event inna whereby we give back charities to the people so the people been asking for it,” he told DancehallMag.
Capelton, whose real name is Clifton Bailey, was unable to confirm which artists had already been booked but reassured fans that he has been in discussions with many talents.
“We are talking to a lot of artists, but you know when it comes to St. Mary Mi Come From once the artist dem available, a lot of them ago past through. Artists love it because it gives them a different type of energy and a different type of vibe so even when dem onstage performing them a tell you say St. Mary a the best show, it’s a great joy I tell you,” he said.
The staple stage show has raised funding for charitable projects in St Mary, which is Capleton’s native parish. However, for its 14th staging, the annual show was held at the National Arena in St Andrew. The show was not held in 2019 and Capleton’s team had anticipated returning in August 2020 before the pandemic affected the staging of live events.
“St. Mary mi come from is a cultural event, it’s all about the roots, it’s all about the culture, it’s all about the parish, it’s all about Jamaica on a whole because you done know say the charity circle the globe, we give back to St. Mary, we give back to St. Andrew, St.Ann, St.Catherine, all over,” Capleton said.