In an exciting turn of events, reggae icon Capleton is set to make his triumphant return to the United Kingdom after a staggering 13-year absence. The acclaimed Jamaican artist’s UK visa has been reinstated, clearing the path for his highly-anticipated appearance in the country as part of his extensive European tour.
Capleton, renowned for his distinctive reggae sound and lyrical prowess, had previously faced a ban on traveling to the UK in 2010 due to the perceived discriminatory and homophobic nature of his music. Reggae, as a genre, has long been criticized for its alleged unfriendliness towards the LGBTQ+ community, leading to international repercussions for artists whose lyrics have been interpreted as threatening or condemning.
While some of his peers have issued apologies for their controversial lyrics in the past, Capleton appears to have convinced the authorities of his commitment to philanthropic causes, potentially paving the way for a fresh start.
Capleton and his dedicated management team have wasted no time, embarking on the “Capleton Live in Concert” series European Tour, which promises to be a musical journey to remember. The tour comprises an impressive lineup of 22 shows, kicking off on October 15 and culminating around November 17.
The reggae maestro has been joined on this sonic adventure by his talented Prophecy band. Their journey began in Belgium and subsequently took them to Utrecht, Amsterdam, and Denmark. Capleton, also known as King Shango, is set to grace stages in France and Switzerland in the upcoming shows, leaving no stone unturned in bringing his distinctive reggae vibes to European audiences.
Capleton’s return to the UK carries a profound significance, marking an astonishing 13 years since he was implicated by the UK’s Home Office for potentially inciting criminal actions through his music, particularly in relation to his lyrics denouncing homosexuality.
In the annals of reggae history, 2004 was a pivotal year when the UK’s Home Office announced investigations into several Jamaican artists, including Capleton, Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, and T.O.K, for their music’s alleged violent content targeting the LGBTQ+ community. Though these artists were never charged with any crimes, many were denied entry into the UK, and the consequences reverberated across the music industry. Notably, Sizzla Kalonji found himself unable to continue his tour in the country.
Recent developments suggest a shift in the UK’s stance toward Jamaican artists, as the Home Office appears to have relaxed its measures. Just recently, Capleton announced the restoration of his UK visa, currently embarking on a tour with Baby Cham in England, exemplifying the changing landscape for reggae artists seeking entry into the UK.
Taking to Instagram to celebrate the reinstatement of his UK visa, Capleton shared a motivational message for his ardent supporters, reminding them to persevere in the face of adversity. “Always remember, there will be obstacles. There will be stumbling blocks, there will be misfortune, but always remember—keep your focus,” Capleton asserted during a Wednesday night performance.
“Know what your goals are, reach out for them, never let anyone deter you, never let no one tell you you can’t make it in life. Be yourself, know who you are, and know where you are going in order to know where you are going. Never be a traitor or a sellout to your culture, your heritage, your philosophy, or your curriculum,” the artist continued, imparting words of wisdom to his fans and aspiring artists alike.
In a heartfelt caption, King Shango expressed his joy at the reinstated visa: “My UK Visa was reinstated after 13 years. I’m in Europe now on tour & looking forward to performing for UK fans soon.” As he belted out his hit single “Rocky Road,” the excitement in his message was palpable.
While the specifics of Capleton’s UK tour stops are yet to be announced, one thing is certain: his return to the United Kingdom promises to be an unforgettable musical experience for fans who have long awaited this momentous comeback. Stay tuned for more details on Capleton’s UK tour dates, and get ready to groove to the reggae rhythms that have made him a legend in the genre.