Siccaturie Alcock, aka Jah Cure, is the new “High Priest of Reggae.” From the age of three music reverberated through his small frame and hypnotised the souls of all those who listened to his music.
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 eleven, 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 started to leave an indelible impression in the streets, and at the age of fifteen, he moved to Kingston, where he met Capleton, Sizzla and Jah Mason. Little Melody was about to full-fill his dream.
Capleton, the world renowned Jamaican artist, and the David House Crew later 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. It was at this time that Cure became enlightened spiritually and his belief in living naturally became heightened. His rise to stardom was on its way.
Jamaican music icon Beres Hammond took Jah Cure under his tutelage and began mentoring him in the studio and producing him. 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, Jah Cure 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 all through his arrest, trial and incarceration. A non-jury trial was convened, where Cure’s defence lawyer based his case on “Identification vs. Recognition” case law. Unfortunately, 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, Jah Cure recorded and released several records, many of which topped the charts as # 1 singles. The two songs, “Jamaica,” produced by Danger Zone Productions and “Longing For,” produced by Don Corleon, both hit # 1 on the Jamaican charts and were international hits. His first album, “Free Jah 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 “Exodus.” On the album, Jah 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. Jah Cure went to record more songs and another album in 2005 aptly entitled, “Freedom Blues,” while still incarcerated. Eventually, after serving eight years in jail, Cure was released from prison on July 28, 2007. Since his release, his goal has been to spread love and to promote peace and healing, universally through his music.
Cure’s new album, “The Universal Cure,” his first recorded album since his release from prison, is scheduled to be shipped worldwide on April 7, 2009. The next single off that album, “Mr. Jailer,” featuring Phillysia Ross, will be released internationally in February, 2009. This collaboration is the first of many for Cure. The album contains collaborations with many artists, crossing the reggae, hip-hop, Latin, and R&B genres.