The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Capleton to Grace School Gig

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Jamaican Reggae legend Capleton.

Pupils will have a rare opportunity to see Jamaican dance hall singer Capleton in action at Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza on December 6 where he will grace an end of term school gig.

Capleton's main show is scheduled at the City Sports Centre on December 7.

King Shango as Capleton is popularly known seems to have fallen in love with the Chitungwiza venue, after the 2010's gig, where he joined fans in celebrating last year's New Year with his fans in that town.

Barbara Chikosi of Red Rose Entertainment, who is promoting King Shango's show, said that the end-of-term gig would feature two DJs and some dancehall artistes.

"The Capleton show is not all about Capleton but it is also for the youths.

"This is why we have decided that Capleton must have some time with the youths and share a few words of wisdom with them before performing at the main event where some may not make it," she said.

"Godfather Templeman, Mighty Ducks and Smiley are going to be the DJs while artistes like Dadza D, Ricky Fire and Lady B among others will provide the entertainment," said Chikosi.

This is Capleton's second visit to the country following his debut to Zimbabwe in 2010. The last time he was here, Capleton visited Zimbabwe, where he had time to fellowship with local youths in Chitungwiza and Mabvuku soon after his arrival.

Born Clifton George Bailey III on 13 April 1967, Capleton rejected the name given to him at birth, because of its European origin.

He preferred 'King Shango', given its roots in the Yoruba language.

As a youth, he was given the surname of a popular St. Mary lawyer and friend of the family, Capleton, as a nickname by his relatives and friends. As a teenager, he would sneak 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.

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