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February is African American Heritage Month and WERS AT NIGHT is honoring one artist or one song every day this month that helped contribute to social consciousness, political responsibility, or civil rights. At WERS, we believe that these songs are always bigger than just entertainment; music can be used to drive a movement or even motivate a nation.
Jah Cure or you may know him as The Cure, is one of the most powerful artist to hit Jamaica. He is from Hanover, Jamaica and was born on October 11, 1978 with the name, Siccatune Alcock. Some may recognize his voice in all-time favorite reggae song that people love, “Sticky”, which 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.
Reggae icons such as, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Garnet Silk and the great Bob Marley, inspire him. His dream of being where these great artists have been actually came true. At the age of 15, Jah Cure became interested in music. That is the same age, where 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. Now, Beres Hammond is one of his biggest mentors. His career skyrocketed the year he went to jail. The music industry and Jamaica supported him and while in Jail he recorded his hit single, “Reflections” that reflected him as an artist. He has done much collaboration throughout his career and even produced his one if his latest songs, “That Girl”
Jah Cure’s Rastafarian faith is evident through his music and his look. This is what makes him unique. He is able to blend his roots in his music as well as, incorporate other genres of music. For example, in his single, “Unconditional Love”, has a reggae melody to it but it also has an R&B sound and a little Spanish too. This song is on his latest album, “World Cry”, which is considered one of the best reggae albums released in 2012.
When I saw him at Reggae Sumfest 2011 in Jamaica, he proved himself 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. Jah Cure is not only inspirational, but also 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 Jamaica’s most versatile artist and he will continue to shine.
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