Jah Cure oozes class at HICC

HARARE - After stellar performances by fellow Jamaican stars Busy Signal, Chris Martin and Morgan Heritage in Zimbabwe this year, Jah Cure had no choice but to step up his game. And that is exactly what he did.

The King of Lovers Rock and Roots Reggae, who had repeatedly been courted in vain by Zimbabwean music promoters for the past five years, proved that the long wait for his concert locally was worth it.

Not even technical glitches, which marred his backing band’s sound check and which recurred intermittently throughout his set, could undermine the That Girl singer’s ability to deliver a stunning performance.

The Jamaican started began his set on a high and familiar note; delivering the international hit Call on me. Before the near-capacity crowd could take stock of what was hitting them, Jah Cure dropped in quick succession the Never Find, That Girl and the monster hit All of me. At that point, the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. Thanks to Jah Cure’s stagecraft, the sound issues which had attracted a few missiles at the beginning now appeared to matter little.

The Love doctor also prescribed hits such as Only You, Nothing; Love is the only solution and Rasta as well as a few covers which included Chris Martin’s Paper Love.

Jah Cure, who served a jail term in 1998, then did a segment dedicated to incarcerated Jamaican music stars Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel. 

Buju was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in 2011 while Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment in two years ago for the murder of his associate Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

"Free Buju Banton, Free World Boss. I was in the same situation once. When I got out of jail I was a better artiste,” an emotional Jah Cure told the audience.

After dropping a few more hits which included Every Corner, the King of Lovers Rock and Roots Reggae brought his set to a fitting finale with the hit Unconditional Love which attracted a spirited and raucous sing-along from the big crowd.

The local artistes who shared the stage with Jah Cure-Winky Trevor D and Transit Crew- delivered great performances. The ninja president, who largely gleaned his playlist from the albums Gafa life and Gafa Futi, demonstrated on stage why he was overwhelmingly voted for by music fans to be Jah Cure’s main supporting act.

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