Jamaica’s Dancehall Music Poorer with J-Capri’s Passing .

Jamaican Dancehall artiste, J-Capri

It was with absolute shock and regret that I received news today that Dancehall artiste, J-Capri has died. With her death, I believe Dancehall has lost one of its most exciting new talents, especially on the female side of the game.

I first became aware the 23-year-old entertainer had passed away at hospital today through a story that was shared on Facebook. I was dining with a few classmates at a swanky restaurant in central London when I saw the report. In true millennial style, I couldn't resist the urge to take a brief respite from engaging with my friends to check out what was the latest on social media. That was when the news hit me.

I’d hoped the story was wrong. I have doubts about the credibility of the source I first saw reporting the story — and of course, I was hoping they’d made a big blunder. So I started reading around ferociously to see if other “more reputable” news outlets were reporting anything of the sort. Then I ran into a story by Loop in which they were reporting the same.

My heart sunk after reading the story by Loop. Then I saw multiple posts with people reacting to her reported demise. I now believed it.

J-Capri — whose real name is Jordan Phillips — died this morning at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew.

She was hospitalised two weeks ago after being involved in a car accident.

She’d fallen into a coma.

When I first heard of the horrible accident J-Capri had, I prayed for her and was hoping for the best. That she’d be hospitalised and she’d recover soon. Sadly, it wasn’t to be.

I’ll definitely miss her and I suspect many Dancehall fans will miss her too. At 23, the “Whine and Kotch” singer has definitely gone too soon.

Many people will remember her for that pulsating tune she’d done with Charly Black, trumpeting her flexibility, gyrating and gymnastic prowess.

“Whine and Kotch” — released in 2013 — was an undeniable hit in Dancehall and announced J-Capri’s entrance into the genre in a bold way. We were forced to sit up and take notice. And that wasn’t difficult to do either. Her lines were catchy as they were raunchy and hedonistic.

She was bubbly, vibrant and energetic; with a quirky sense of fashion. She had a modern sense of style but the influence of Dancehall fashion of the 80s and 90s was also conspicuous in what she wore. For me, her style and aura were reminiscent of another Dancehall diva of yesteryear; Patra.

Dancehall artiste, Patra, was the self-styled “Queen of the Pack”

It’s perhaps then unsurprising that in an interview in May this year on the CVM Television programme, “On Stage”, J-Capri told host Winford Williams, that Patra was one of her early influences. She twice mentioned Patra as an influence in that interview.

Many newcomers to Dancehall find it difficult to replicate their success when they enter the biz with a smash hit. But J-Capri was proving she had what it took to be more than a one-hit wonder. She had cross-over potential too.

In fact, she started receiving attention overseas before garnering local fame.

Following up on her massive hit with Charly Black, she collaborated with Konshens to deliver another hit in 2013, “Pull Up to Mi Bumper”.

Her sound was becoming one that would get people moving in Dancehall; talking up and showing off their skills.

It’s absolutely regrettable that we’ll not get to see more from J-Capri. She was a credit to Dancehall; a breath of fresh air.

Dancehall is poorer for having lost her. May her soul rest in peace and the Lord give her friends and loved ones the patience and strength they need to cope with her passing.