Black Music Month: Jah Cure

June is Black Music Month and WERS at Night will recognize black musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters who have made enormous contributions to the music industry. Today, June 20th, Rockers is highlighting Jah Cure.

Jah Cure (or you may know him as The Cure) is one of the most powerful artists to hit Jamaica. He is from Hanover, Jamaica and was born on October 11, 1978 as Siccatune Alcock. His music cannot be overheard by anyone and he continues to make beautiful tunes. Some may recognize his voice in the all-time favorite reggae song that people love, “Sticky”, where he sings his heart out about Jamaica. Jah Cure is a great singer that sings straight from his heart. One can feel his music whenever he sings because he sings with so much feeling.

The Cure is inspired by the reggae icons Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Garnet Silk, and the great Bob Marley. He dreams of being where these great artists have been, and he is well on his way. At the age of fifteen,  Jah Cure became interested in music. That is the same age when he was beginning to be recognized in the streets of Jamaica for his soft voice. It was Capleton, who gave The Cure his stage name, Jah Cure. Initially, Jamaica called him “Little Melody” because he was a little boy with a great voice. His career skyrocketed the year he went to jail as the music industry and Jamaica supported him. While in jail, he recorded a hit single that reflects him as an artist; “True Reflections” was a big hit when it was released and it allowed his career to expand, even when he was behind bars.

Jah Cure’s Rastafarian faith is evident through his music and his look. This is what makes him unique. He is able to blend in his roots in his albums, as well as incorporate other types of music. For example, his single “Unconditional Love” has a reggae melody to it but it has an R&B sound.

When I saw him at Reggae Sumfest 2011 in Jamaica, he proved himself to be a great performer. He gave a great performance and sang all his hits. He catered to his fans – that is what I like about him. He did not let us down because he sung all the right tunes. I could not help but rock to the beats and sing every song along with him. His fans stood by him with great joy when he announced that he was getting married. He recently got married the summer of 2011 and had a beautiful baby girl.

Jah Cure is not only inspirational, but brave. He is not afraid to take chances with his music and his lyrics. His music ranges from reggae, to R&B, to even rap. He is one, if not Jamaica’s most, versatile artist and he will continue to shine.

By Jessika Daley

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