December 13, 2023
Dancehall veteran Capleton delivered to much jubilation to thousands of cruisers on the recently concluded Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise.
“The highlight of the performance was when I was doing the oldest set of songs… it was definitely the retro segment. People were definitely into it, and you know they go wild singing the songs. It was epic, it was energetic, it was a frenzy, it was pandemonium, and I enjoyed myself. It was a great performance,” said the entertainer on fifth appearance on the cruise.
The 2023 edition of the cruise sailed December 4 to 9. It ported in Falmouth and Ocho Rios on the island having embarked from Miami, Florida, USA.
“The last time I performed, it was raining. So, I had to perform in a theatre. Now I got to perform on the deck, so it was a totally different atmosphere and it was a bigger audience,” the artiste told the Jamaica Observer.
This year’s cruise featured myriad acts, among them Nadine Sutherland, Errol Dunkley, Leroy Sibbles, Kabaka Pyramid, Damian, Ky-Mani and Stephen Marley, Naomi Cowan, Ding Dong, Wayne Wonder, Sean Paul, and many others.
Meanwhile, Capleton revealed that he is working on another body of work as the new year approaches.
“I’m working on an authentic reggae album… it’s been a while now I haven’t released any album, so I’m definitely looking forward to that,” he said.
Reminiscing on 2023, the entertainer said he has no regrets and remains optimistic as he managed to achieve more goals than he has in previous years.
“My year in music was definitely excellent, and I love the way I travelled the world re-energised my music, reconnected with my fans, and earn some new fans, as well. [I] sold out venues that I haven’t sold out in years,” said Capleton.
Asked about the prospects for the music, the Still Blazin’ artiste responded: “I want to let people know that reggae music and authentic dancehall music is still alive and well. I’m grateful and thankful.”
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