Friday 25 September, 2020

Capleton's mother, 'Mama Live', laid to rest

The cover of the funeral programme for the late Mabel Downer-Forbes, mother of reggae and dancehall star Capleton.

The cover of the funeral programme for the late Mabel Downer-Forbes, mother of reggae and dancehall star Capleton.

Several members of the entertainment fraternity, and family and friends turned out on the weekend for the thanksgiving service for Mabel Downer-Forbes, the mother of veteran reggae and dancehall artiste Capleton.

The service was held Saturday at the International Church Of The Foursquare Gospel Church, on Cassia Park Road in St Andrew.

"It was a great service, the government stipulations because of the COVID-19 pandemic meant some family members had to be outside the church but we understood, and followed the guidelines. It didn't take away from the occasion, Capleton delivered a moving tribute, he did 'Mama You Strong' and when he went up to sing, no one felt he could manage to sing, but he was great, so strong and powerful," Claudette Kemp, Capleton's manager, told Loop News

 Capleton stands graveside at his mother's funeral.

"This is the first funeral he has ever attended, the only one I know he has never been to... I am so proud of him because he was able to stand up and show his love for his mother." 

Among the many tributes, reggae artiste DiMario McDowell performed 'The Holy City' and 'Midnight Cry'. Ibo Cooper represented the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) and Third World, and he accompanied DiMario on the piano. Capleton's heavyweight superstar friends such as Luciano, Fantan Mojah, and Josie Wales also attended the service. 

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Downer-Forbes died suddenly on May 28 aged 73.

She was a devout Christian, and was a member of the Cassia Park FourSquare Gospel Church, where the service was held. The body was interred in Watt Town, St Ann where she grew up. 

Downer-Forbes, who was diabetic, resided with her son and other family members at his house in Cassia Park, St Andrew in her later years.

---Claude Mills

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