Reggae artiste, Capleton is mourning the loss of his manager, Claudette Kemp, who reportedly died on Friday (June 9).
She managed the ‘St. Mary Mi Come From’ artiste for over 20 years.
In a heart-felt tribute who wrote on Instagram, Capleton said, “Today is one of the hardest days of my life as I grieve the loss of my 2nd mom, great friend and 1 of the best managers, Mrs Claudette Kemp. She trod on to zion yesterday and is deeply missed, loved and appreciated.”
“I knew Mrs Kemp for [over] 30 years and we initially signed a one year management agreement [in] June 2002. She was very intelligent, supportive, loyal with [over] 43 years [in music] and managed me for [over 21] years. We were very close and people called me her son. There are few female managers in the music industry but Ms Kemp was loved and highly respected by the Rasta community, music producers, promoters, media and fans worldwide,” he added.
Kemp operated the artiste’s annual charity show, A St Mary Mi Come From, and was said to be supportive his family and friends.
“No matter if it was a business or personal issue such as the loss of my mother in 2020, I could always rely on Ms Kemp to help me. She was always there during my trials and triumphs and I will forever be grateful. Condolence to her family and give thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. JAH Bless,” he said.
Condolence messages from the music industry
For their part, the Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) said, “We are celebrating your legacy, Ms. Claudette Kemp. You guided Capleton’s career for decades.You were one of the rare gems. Someone to be emulated. JAH has a beautiful reward for you. Our deepest condolences to the family, Capleton, and friends. Sleep well, Ms. Kemp”
The Instagram account for legendary reggae group, Third World, said, “Walk Good Sista Claudette. Sending prayers of love & strength to @capletonmusic , her family and the Prophecy Band.”
Messages of condolences also came from Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Romaine Virgo, Warrior King, and Gramps Morgan, among many others.
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