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Jah Cure freed! Relaxing at The Hilton Kingston Hotel

By Lloyd Laing aka Gibbi Geraz

jahcure_release_reggaemother.jpgAs Jah Cure sat in the Jonkanoo Lounge, basking in the attention of his release party, a sense of disconnection garnished the artistes face periodically. It was as though he was here with us in body, but truly in spirit, at times, he seemed to be somewhere else. Probably missing the few friends made behind bars during these last eight years.

Or was he reflecting on the immediate future?

The artiste release from incarceration sets the pace for a highly anticipated comeback.
His musical premonitions from behind bars such as “Love is”, “Reflections”, and “A Place called Jamaica”, have emulated a standard of quality and class of which Reggae has not seen in years.

The impact of his music on the global scene, has made Jah Cure a household name, establishing the fledging artiste as a brand, and attracting the attention of industry stalwart Dangazone Records.

Jah_CurewithhisSisters.jpgHis upcoming album “True Reflection” is slated to be one of Reggae’s best selling albums for 2007 and the number of pre-orders on supports this notion.

If the pundits are right, and the album finds two solid singles, the Cure is surely on his way to join the ranks of the greats before him.

And if he does, will dancehall take a backseat to its roots flavored cousin?

Since dancehall’s powerful resurgence in 2003, triggered by the “dancers invasion”, its more conscious hardcore counterpart, roots dancehall has walked patiently behind whilst the spotlight is limed by artiste such as Vybez Kartel, Idonia, Busy Signal, and most recently Mavado. Though it has never been overshadowed by Dancehall, it has not gotten the opportunity to exert its true potential on the demanding global marketplace. This possibility presented itself for a fleeting moment but disappeared as quickly due to Sizzla’s foray with the Rap/HipHop genre, leaving the march without a strong and focused band leader. Jah Cure raspy whispers from General Penitentiary, have kept the flames blazing in times when the embers grew cold, leaving us to wonder where Anthony B, Norris Man, and Capleton were to light the fire.

Chuck Fender, Fanton Mojah and Richie Spice have all taken the helm of the battlefield, but the army is still somewhat scattered and decedent. Dormant, as though they lay waiting for a second coming.

Will the Cure fulfill his appointed messianic obligation and bring Roots Dancehall to the global frontline, or will he re-invent himself for a bigger market?

Only Jah will know.


Comments (17)


Posted by Annette | July 29, 2007 2:25 PM

there is nothing like freedom, i wonder how some people just give away theirs just like that

Posted by Alitash | July 29, 2007 2:30 PM

nice to know he's free I hope he learn from his mistake and do play a fool og him self again, bless

Posted by sasha | July 29, 2007 2:44 PM

nines years is a long time I would never imagin being locked up so long and me love man so, mi would a drop down, jah cure keep you self out a trouble

Posted by mason | July 29, 2007 2:52 PM

teh dude should have stayed behind bars a little bit longer because he did the crime so him should do full time, i think some money run

Posted by latty | July 29, 2007 3:10 PM

just imagin the joy his family is feeling now, was prisoner but now he's a star

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2007 7:16 PM

it is ur time to shine

Posted by shondel | July 29, 2007 11:12 PM

a long time the boss fi get free up fi come match up the place again, nuuf respect to the boss. famoly must happy to see him again

Posted by Shamar | July 30, 2007 12:45 AM

we all heard his songs lets now see if he's a good performer, that's going to be interesting locked up for nine years

mad rass:
Posted by mad rass | July 30, 2007 1:00 PM

the big man out, free like the wind come bless up the place jah cure

Posted by DJILL | August 1, 2007 3:05 PM

was there a lesson learnt or the guy was innocent

Posted by SexyK | August 1, 2007 3:31 PM

The only lesson 2 be learnt here is 2 always have faith in God he'll never give u more than u can bare and he never leaves ya side during good nor bad times. I'm so happy and relieved that the artist I love and admire for soooo many yrs have been given the opportunity to shine more. I ask for God's continue blessings upon Jah Cure n his family. FREE DA CURE CUZ HIM PURE! #1 Fan
ps. for all those who have not studied the case should do and would see that this is an innocent man here.

Shana - Gay:
Posted by Shana - Gay | August 2, 2007 12:58 PM

Well thank God he's free all him need fi is just continue giving more love peace and unity love Jah Cure.

Jah Sen:
Posted by Jah Sen | August 3, 2007 3:51 AM

I read Jah Cure story, and I say, this is a biblical event. The human character seem to never change. Man with power use it wrongfully, victims cared to tell the truth because wrong went to far. But, you and I know there as to be a balance. So the TRUTH WILL SHOW ITSELF. This is why JAH send the Cure.

ricardo appanah:
Posted by ricardo appanah | August 24, 2007 1:13 AM

mr publisher of this tell jah cure thanks to sing them song it full a quality and lyrics i cant clash him cant rise against the people that is helping me in little ways ..jah know

ricardo appanah:
Posted by ricardo appanah | August 24, 2007 1:22 AM

oh and when u c jah cure tell him that before i die and when i save all my money i will visit him to smoke some grade and set my soul free with him and if u see sizzla tell him de same thing dont worry with r kelly all i can c on them hip hop artist is flesh when i look upon the culture sons of jah i see the true meaning of life i c the struggle we allm has to fight.does jah cure meditate and his soul comes out his body ask him my soul dont come out my teacher tought me that the soul has to lift above the ground i ant remember but i try but i am so happy de cure free

Posted by moro | February 11, 2008 12:09 PM

hello jah cure i love you more than any thing in this world and i care u and i love your music because it teach me how to live free from evil people .so long life and good health to you am moro saidy khan from the gambia and my nick name is kingston for the love of jamaican people and u i will be very glad when you come to the gambia as luciano and other musican from jamaica do they come to the gambia .and they have nice time plz.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2008 2:12 PM

just got done 2 years jail dat help me out blood 1

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