Siccaturie Alcock, p/k/a Jah Cure, is the new “High Priest of Reggae.” From the age of three music reverberated through his small frame and hypnotized the souls of all those who listened to his music.
On April 14th, 2009 Jah Cure will release his fifth album The Universal Cure on DangerZone Music Group/ SoBe Entertainment. The new single from that album, “Mr. Jailer,” featuring R&B artist Phyllisia, will be released internationally in late February, 2009. Simultaneously, a second single, “Call On Me” is being distributed in his native country Jamaica and is also being shipped to all the other Caribbean nations.
Born in Hanover, Jamaica on October 11, 1978, the young man with the voice of a canary snuck out of his bedroom window late at night to visit local dance halls and stage shows. At times, he also visited the annual Reggae Sunsplash in his community. At these shows he saw the great Reggae icons performing – Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffith, Garnett Silk, Yami Bolo, Jacob Miller and Black Uhuru – and by the age of 11, he made the decision he wanted to become a part of that elite group.
Becoming a reggae star and an icon was his dream and his sole mission. Initially using the name “Little Melody,” Siccaturie began his musical onslaught on the public. He soon became the talk of Jamaica and was well on his way to success. His voice left an indelible impression in the streets, and at the age of 15, he moved to Kingston, where he met Capleton, Sizzla and Jah Mason. Little Melody was on his way to fulfilling his dream.
World renowned Jamaican artist Capleton and the David House Crew bestowed on Siccaturie the name Jah Cure. The symbolism for the name was obvious… the singer looked young and healthy, and he was “well preserved,” as in “well cured” from using the plants of the land. Cure became enlightened spiritually, and his belief in living naturally became heightened.
Jamaican music icon Beres Hammond eventually took Cure under his tutelage and began mentoring him and producing his music in the studio. In 1998, Cure performed on a European tour and visited several Caribbean Islands with Beres Hammond and the Harmony House Family. Cure created several cranking melancholic, compelling melodies which brought tears to the eyes of his listeners, without many of them even understanding the lyrics. His international recognition was then and forever born.
Sadly, and unexpectedly, Cure’s success took a radical turn at the end of 1998 when he was stopped and arrested late one night in Montego Bay. Cure was charged with four crimes, all of which he denied. He has maintained his innocence to this day, as he did all through his arrest, trial and incarceration. A non-jury trial was convened, where Cure’s defense lawyer based his case on “Identification vs. Recognition” case law. Failure by his attorney to file a timely appeal, regrettably, based on one victim’s claim that he sounded like one of the perpetrators, Cure was sentenced in 1999 to 15 years in prison.
While in jail, Cure recorded and released several records, many of which topped the charts as 1 singles. The songs “Jamaica” produced by Danger Zone Productions and “Longing For” produced by Don Carleon both hit 1 on the Jamaican charts and were international hits. His first album Free Jah’s Cure was recorded in jail, and later released in 2001, one year after his incarceration. It is a project that has been lyrically compared to Bob Marley’s classic, Exodus.
On the album, Cure gives thanks for life while spreading love through his music. He believes his incarceration was Jah’s way of teaching him humility, kindness, forgiveness and love for his fellow man. In the meantime, Cure has forgiven all those who have done him wrong, and all those who have judged him unjustly and unfairly.
In 2003, Beres Hammond produced Cure’s second album Ghetto Life, which featured the single “Divide and Rule,” a duet with Sizzla, which was voted the best song of that year. Cure recorded more songs while still incarcerated and released his third album in 2005, aptly entitled Freedom Blues. Eventually, after serving eight years in jail, Cure was released from prison on July 28, 2007. His fourth album, Reflections, was released one week later. In the same week his first performance since Jah Cures release was a fact. He was the headliner at one of the biggest reggae festival in Europe, Reggae Sundance. More than 30.000 reggae fans saw the Cure shining on stage!
Since his release from jail, his goal has been to spread love and to promote peace and healing, universally through his music. He began his world wide tour in the Fall of 2008.
Cure’s fifth full-length album The Universal Cure is his first recorded album since his release from prison. The project is scheduled for worldwide release on April 14th, 2009, and the single “Mr. Jailer,” featuring SoBe label-mate Phyllisia is the first of many exciting collaborations for Jah Cure. The album contains appearances from various artists crossing the Reggae, Hip Hop, Latin, and R&B genres.
See here more live videos of Jah Cure live in Amsterdam 2010
See here more live videos of Jah Cure live at the Amsterdam Reggae Festival 2009
See here more live videos of Jah Cure live in Amsterdam 2008