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Who was Capleton, and what were his contributions to music?

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enotes | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM via web

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Who was Capleton, and what were his contributions to music?

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portd | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM (Answer #1)

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Capleton is a musician/vocalist who was born Clifton George Bailey III on April 13, 1967. He was born in Islington, Jamaica. He has contributed to music in that he and other musicians advanced the return of the reggae tradition in dance halls. At an early age he developed a love of the music of Bob Marley & the Wailers and Papa San (a dance hall disc jockey).

His first single was the suggestive "Bumbo Red." This song was banned from Jamaican radio for its sexually explicit lyrics. However, it was a big word-of-mouth success. Capleton also focused some of his music on Rastafarian spiritual themes for a time. In later years he transitioned to lyrics of the more romantic type.

He continues to engage in music. He will perform Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at “BB King’s Blues Club” at Times Square in New York, New York. He will also perform May 29, 2014 at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC. In addition, Capleton will perform in Chile, South America on June 7, 2014.

He won the award for “Most Outstanding Stage Personality Of 2005 & 2006“at The 25th Int’l Reggae & World Music Awards. Furthermore, he won the “Spiritual Service Thru Music Award” at the 29th Int’l Reggae & World Music Awards on May 2, 2009 at York College in Queens, New York.

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laurto | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 8:57 PM (Answer #2)

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Capleton is  a Jamaican reggae artist, and is also a dancehall artist. He is best known for the Rastafari movement views expressed in his music. He is also well known for the way he dresses on stage and his stage presence. 

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