Posted on 09 September 2011.
Internationally acclaimed Reggae artiste, Siccature Alcock, more popularly known as Jah Cure has been omitted from the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards’ list of contenders for the Best Reggae Act award due to prior convictions.
United Kingdom newspaper, The Sun confirmed on their website that Jah Cure was dropped from the category due to his past convictions on gun possession & rape charges stemming from an alleged 1999 incident when the singer was just 19 years old. Cure spent 8 years in jail for the offenses prior to his release in 2007 and whilst maintaining his innocence regarding the allegations to date, he has released a plethora of hit singles such as “Unconditional Love,” “Call On Me,” featuring Phyllisia, “You’ll Never Find” & “Like I See It” featuring popular Dancehall singjay, Mavado & American hip-hop superstar, Rick Ross.
Jah Cure’s removal from the MOBO Awards nominees list is not the first of its kind for a Jamaican artiste. In 2004, Dancehall heavyweights, Vybz Kartel & Elephant Man, who were also nominated for the Best Reggae Act award, were axed from the category after allegedly singing homophobic lyrics
This year will mark the 16th edition of the MOBO Awards; the first ever awards show to recognize urban music in Europe. The show, launched by CEO, Kanya King MBE annually takes place in Britain and will be held this year at the SECC Glasgow in Scotland. The show has featured a myriad of top-ranking, international acts from differing genres such as Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Kanye West, LL Cool J, Usher & the late Amy Winehouse to name a few. Gyptian won the Best Reggae Act award last year; facing competition from the like of Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Vybz Kartel, Mavado & U.K based Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Gappy Ranks.
Jah Cure recently made headlines for his highly publicized wedding last month; marrying Jamaican media personality, Kamila McDonald at a private ceremony at the Tryall Club, close to the singer’s place of birth in Montego Bay.