Dexta Daps remembers Shabba Ranks’ late mom “Mama Christie” as “A music Mom, A Group Mom.”
The dancehall singjay is paying homage to Shabba Ranks’ mother, Constance Christie, also affectionately known as Mama Christie, who passed away just lately. The 81-year-old mom of Shabba Ranks is well-known within the Seaview Backyard group because the mom of all the youngsters for her charity and benevolence in direction of the much less lucky.
So beloved she was that Dancehall Artiste Dexta Daps is publicly mourning her loss as he reacted in shock at her passing. Dexta had paid tribute to the elder Seaview Backyard stalwart for being form and loving in his 2016 track “Shabba Mada Pot”, which she additionally appeared in as she stirred a pot of her well-known soup.
On Wednesday, Daps, whose actual identify is Louis Anthony Grandison Jr., penned a loving tribute to Mama Christie, who he says confirmed him kindness from the time he was a toddler. “U r a blessing to this earth…. A music mom. A group mom, and the mom of royalty Shabba Ranks. She was 1 of my 1st inspirations… As a yute rising up, ppl from my group together with myself, acquired to witness a special type of courtesy…Mama C TEK CARE A YUH N NUH KNOW YUH PARENT…I used to sneak to her home for a sizzling cup of soup even tho Mum P [his mother] didn’t like me taking issues from any1…..Being a part of the much less lucky, I didn’t know what proudly owning a toy was like until she handed me a “draw again automotive” smh…”
Daps additionally reminisced on his relationship with Mama Christie, who handled him like her son. “Years after this she nonetheless calls me to her residence simply to share encouraging phrases and pray for me…”
He additionally disclosed that when he approached Mama Christie to look in his 2016 video that sings about her well-known pot, she didn’t give him a solution till after she had prayed to make sure it aligned along with her Christian values. “She was a full blown Christian…once I requested her to be in my video, she mentioned she would ask God b4 I might get a solution…She advised me it was her 1st ever music video and she or he doesn’t usually do issues like that however that is particular.”
He added that her loss has deeply affected him. “I nonetheless can’t think about not seeing her n squeezing her n laughing n reasoning…Nonetheless can’t discover it to say I miss u trigger I nonetheless can’t think about u gone.”
Tributes have been pouring in for Mama Christie. Amongst these remembering her consists of Jamaica’s Minister of Tradition, Gender, Leisure and Sport, Olivia Grange, who was additionally as soon as the supervisor for Shabba Ranks in her non-public, skilled capability.
“Shabba would discuss ‘Mama Christie’ at each alternative he acquired. She was a wonderful soul who supported her son in all his endeavours. She was his greatest cheerleader. In truth, it was Shabba’s public show of affection and affection that led to so many youthful artistes singing about their moms.”