After an extended hiatus, A St. Mary Mi Come From, the annual charity event held by reggae star, Capleton in his native parish will be staged this August.
Usually, A St. Mary Mi Come From would contain two bits – a children’s treat in the day and concert at night – on the same day. For this year’s event, the concert itself will be held on August 5 while the children’s treat will be held a few weeks later on August 24. The children’s treat is being expanded into a back-to-school event which includes a parade as well as a mini health fair.
The concert, which will be staged at Gray’s Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay, will feature performances from several headliners, including Chronixx, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Jah Cure, Ken Boothe, Cocoa Tea, Nadine Sutherland, Ninja Man, Busy Signal, Lady G and Warrior King amongst others.
The official launch for A St. Mary Mi Come From took place at 26 Courtney Walsh Drive in Kingston Tuesday night, where Capleton’s manager, Claudette Kemp informed onlookers of the changes. Kemp inherited the event in 2003 – three years after its initial staging – and moved its location from Oracabessa to Annotto Bay in 2006. There was no edition of A St. Mary Mi Come From in either 2013, 2014 or 2015 due to organizational issues. Capleton himself performed during the launch.
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, Oberlin High School, and Haile Selassie High School.