Jah Cure to bring 12-member band

HARARE - Jamaican international reggae star Jah Cure, who is expected to arrive in the country today, will bring a 12-member band which will back on Friday at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

The organisers of the Jamaican star’s maiden tour of Zimbabwe-2 Kings Entertainment-said Jah Cure was jetting in the country early to afford him the time to visit various Harare ghettoes.

“He will tour most ghettoes in Harare and Chitungwiza. He is expected to visit Mbare, Chitungwiza, Highfield, Mufakose and Dzivarasekwa among others.

“Jah Cure chose to come early with a 12-member band for the event because he wants to spend some time with his Zimbabwean fans and get to appreciate the local culture,” said 2 Kings Entertainment spokesperson Dee Nosh.

The celebrated Jamaican star’s Harare concert will come exactly a fortnight after a sold-out concert by Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz which was hosted by 2 Kings Entertainment at HICC.

For over five years several local music promoters have attempted in vain to bring Jah Cure to Zimbabwe. The last attempt was in April this year. The  Lovers Rock and Roots Reggae star was set to perform at the Glamis Arena in a gig dubbed ‘Together As One’ organised by the Barbara ‘Mai Red Rose’ Chikosi-led Red Rose Entertainment but he was replaced at the eleventh hour by fellow Jamaican star Chris Martin.

The Jamaican star’s first big song was the 1997 single “King in His Jungle” which featured Sizzla and was produced by Beres Hammond who went on  to become his mentor.

In 1998 he was stopped and arrested late one night in Montego Bay and charged with four crimes, all of which he vehemently denies to this day.

Jah Cure, who was given a 15-year sentence, released several singles from jail. The songs Jamaica and Longing For were both local and global successes. Cure’s first album, Free Jah’s Cure, was recorded and released in 2001.

On this project, Cure conveys the message that his incarceration was Jah’s way of teaching him humility, kindness, forgiveness and love for his fellow man. His second album, Ghetto Life, which featured the acclaimed single Divide and Rule, came in 2003.It was produced by Beres Hammond who also oversaw his other albums which include Freedom Blues, True Reflection…A New Beginning, The Universal Cure, World Cry and The Cure.

The Call On Me singer’s latest album, The Cure, dominated the billboard reggae charts for a phenomenal 36 weeks, a feat which led it to be nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Interestingly, the award went to Morgan Heritage who performed in Zimbabwe for the first time on October 8.

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