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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Jah Cure

He was born on October 11th, 1978 in Hanover, Jamaica and raised in Kingston. He was given the name Jah Cure by Capleton whom he met while growing up in Kingston. His first big break came in 1997 when he released the single "King of the Jungle" which was a duet with Sizzla. The single was produced by Beres Hammond who went on to become his mentor. He then released a steady stream of singles that won him critical and popular acclaim.

In November 1998, while driving around Montego Bay, Jah Cure was pulled over by the police and arrested on charges of gun possession, rape and robbery. He was prosecuted in April 1999, found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

While in prison he had access to recording equipment and released three albums and a number of singles, some of which have topped the Jamaican charts. His first album Free Jah’s Cure was released in 2000, it was followed by Ghetto Life in 2003 and Freedom Blues in 2005. More recently Jah Cure has released the songs 'Love is', 'Longing For' and 'True Reflections', showing his unique voice and lyrical ability.

He was released from jail on parole on July 28, 2007, after serving 8 years of the sentence. Three days later, his fourth album, True Reflections...A New Beginning was released.


This case of Siccaturie Alcock, presents people with and opportunity to examine the Jamaican Penal System and its capacity/ability to redeem those who fall under its care. Despite him writing and voicing of some of the most uplifting songs from prison, there are those who would have denied him of the opportunity to practice his craft.

A number of people proposed that he should be denied the right to earn from his work while being incarcerated. Would denying him the right to earn from his work be a violation of his human and/or civil rights? What then must rehabilitation look like? How well is rehabilitation going in Jamaica? What say U?

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