Jamaican singer Jah Cure axed from Music of Black Origin Awards

Jah Cure

Singer Jah Cure has been dropped from the Best Reggae Act category for the October 5 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland.

A report in the Sun newspaper last week said organisers cited Jah Cure’s eight-year prison sentence for rape as their reason for cutting him from their list of nominees.

Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley and Nas, Alborosie, Khago and Mavado are the nominees for Best Reggae Act. Jah Cure was in the initial batch of nominees which were announced August 31.

Jah Cure was given a 15-year sentence for illegal firearm possession, rape and robbery in 1999. He was released in July 2007.

While incarcerated, Jah Cure developed a cult following through songs like Longing For, Love You and True Reflections. One of his most recent hits is Unconditional Love.

The MOBOs is the most recognised award show for black artistes in Britain. It was first staged in 1996.

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  1. Anonymous
    August 17, 2014

    No 1 is rightous .we are all sinners.jah cure carries my vote

  2. September 23, 2011

    some of u people are idiots allu there dissing the man but whose to say that he was rightly convicted the courts do convict people wrongly and think of how many who claim to have been raped key word claim. just look allu there basin on an alleged rape he was found with guns sure but allu dim

  3. dhestini
    September 22, 2011

    wow. he was convicted n payed for his mistake. show me an artist who hasnt been in some trouble. recognise his music for what it is n give him the credit he deserves. his past gave him the inspiration for his music. dont penalize him for that.

    i hate to c when pple use their mistakes to turn their lives around in a positive manner, and have pple still trying to hold them back because of it. his music is award worthy. dont take that fr him. u got my vote jah cure. i listen to ur music everyday

    • Secretary
      September 23, 2011

      i could not agree with you more………… God forgives ‘the worst’…. Jah Cure you got my vote too!

  4. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011


  5. Wooty Gyal
    September 22, 2011

    wat about second chances????we all deserve them!!

  6. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011

    My issue is that why did the Music of Black orgin norminate Jah Cure and then drop him from the category?! The organisers would have known befoe that he was charged and sentenced to jail for his time.

    Was that just to humilate him and resurrect is past?

    Makes no sense to me.

  7. Trouble
    September 22, 2011

    why this choice of words? “a cult following”???

  8. Wongping
    September 22, 2011

    Be aware that there are mistakes which follow u all your life.thank u Jesus for forgiveness.why do some artists use the name of the father for stage?all the same the organisers are in the same group that ban those who sing against homosexuality.and let me say Mavado should be banned from all shows.too many artists have lost the true meaning of the art

  9. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011

    he paid for his crimes but 5 years has not past yet!

  10. Mabouché
    September 21, 2011

    Whatever crimes he may or may not have committed doesn’t minimize the fact that he is a brilliant artist. He was judged by the court system and did his time for his crime. MOBO organizers should have recognized him for his music and not his past crimes. After all,MOBO deals with music not criminal law!

    • Justice and Truth
      September 23, 2011

      @ Mabouche

      While he has supporters/fans, his reputation will always follow him for life throughout the world. It is a stain; a stain of sin, of transgression. Therefore, people must keep this in mind when they harm others and especially if they were imprisoned. He has not been forgiven by the state/government. It is a mark on his passport which will be a deterrent from entering other countries. Dominica should also not be an exception.
      Only God knows if he is really forgiven.

      • Secretary
        September 23, 2011

        You write like you have NO commonsense….. smh

    September 21, 2011

    I certainly dont condone what he has done, and now that he has turned his life around, I have to give him credit where credit is due.

    The list of nominees was made public in August 2011, they knew of his past, so why nominate him in the first place, and then turn around and use his past as a feeble excuse.

    Double standards springs to mind. There is a well known British actor who has served time for murder (before he became an actor) and he has received numerous acting awards. I dont recall anyone saying it was wrong to honour him.

    It seems like, as a black person you are never allowed to forget your past.

  12. Justice and Truth
    September 21, 2011

    Whether he moved on or not and his new lifestyle will not cease, he has tarnished his name and has a bad record, illegal drugs, raping and robbery. These are serious offences and are the reasons why he was axed. When you have a bad record it remains with you for life. It is too bad for him. He made dreadful mistakes which will not be erased. View this for what he has done.

    • September 22, 2011


      I hope you are not the same person, I am thinking about, because I cannot imagine those words coming from your mind.

      Is it really you, who is saying: “He made dreadful mistake which will not be erased?”

      So you have chosen to go against the blood of Jesus Christ and to condemn a human being like yourself, someone who may surrendered his life to the Salvation, Jesus has gained for him, through His suffering, dying, burial and resurrection?

      We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but by faith we were justified freely, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.

      Are claiming to be justified and redeemed of your sins because of the blood of Jesus Christ–unless you do not claim to have sinned like the rest of human beings–, but there is no justification and redemption for the young named Jah Cure?

      Can you examine what people with your mentality are doing to destroy people’s faith and trust in God’s ability to give them spiritual healing that they might live?

      Well because I know better, I now rebuke those words of your against this young man, from the minds of whoever reads them by mistake okay!

      Yeah! O God Almighty, let the words, against this young man named Jah Cure, written by this person named Justice and Peace, be removed from the minds of anyone who reads them unintentionally. I call for this rebuke, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

      Good heavens! Why do we call ourselves Christians, but we continue to crucify Jesus Christ again and again?

      • Justice and Truth
        September 23, 2011

        @ Liza

        You are not fair and just. You and some others have totally misconstrued what I stated. Comments are not necessarily judging. This is why there are so many disagreements and enmity in this world. I often wonder how many sensible people there are in the world who utilize their common sense. Call a spade a spade and recognize the situation.
        It did come from my mind but I am only speaking the truth of the matter according to this article.
        Some of you need to read between the lines and utilize your common sense if you have any. I am not judging or condemning him. He committed serious offenses, illegal drugs, rape and robbery. THESE ARE OFFENSES AGAINST ANY COUNTRY, IT’S LAWS AND ITS VICTIMS. ONCE IMPRISONED THEIR NAMES AND RECORD ARE TARNISHED FOR LIFE. GET THIS INTO YOUR HEAD!
        You reside in Toronto as I do. Those who commit offenses, who are caught and are imprisoned, their names are tarnished forever. IT IS ON THE GOVERNMENT’S RECORD, THEIR LIFE’S RECORD AND ON THEIR PASSPORT. If they are citizens they will also not be able to renew their passport due to those offenses and also not be able to legally leave the country.
        Surely you should know that the government must forgive them of these offenses, if they have shown relevant personality change and towards society and they may not re-offend otherwise it remains on their passport until they die and they will never be able to travel. In fact, they will die with these offenses on their conscience.
        Think beyond and pray to God for this enlightenment. How many people who commit offenses, worship God, pray to God and ask him for forgiveness and who vow to make restitution to God and to their victims and fulfill it? In any case some of them do not recognize God and some have ceased recognizing God. They do not even know what it is to ask for God’s forgiveness or from their victims. They go around with this sin on their conscience.
        Did the Jamaican government fail to record it on his passport which is why he was admitted to DA? Did the Jamaican absolve him of his crimes? If so, it will not be recorded on his passport. However, this will not prevent him from being honored with an award. An award depicts an overall exemplary person/citizen.
        If other countries are aware of his transgressions, obviously they will never admit him to their countries and will deny him any awards. People must be models of every nature, untarnished or have paid their dues to society and become exemplary citizens. They do not do this by being imprisoned for whatever length of time it takes, by mere words and in their songs. THIS IS THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER. Every one of you who support him, BE FAIR AND JUST! PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAP AND THINK BEYOND!
        I do not support criminals because I could fall victim to them. All of us who hear and read of what criminals have done to people should visualize what it is to fall victim to general crimes. God forbid that this may ever happen to me as I ask for His protection.
        Many of you are two-faced and do not stand up for what is just yet you want what is best for you and your country.
        God does not operate in this manner. He is an impartial God. He does not operate on what people think but what it is fair and just to do and say. This includes you Liza. Therefore, comprehend what I have stated.
        The late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “…A man should be judged by the contents of his character…”
        This is my principle, to speak the truth and to be fair and just. By no means is it a judgment and condemnation. Thanks be to God.
        Liza, unless you fall victim to such it is to be expected that you and others will state otherwise. Is it not the case with some people? God knows this too.
        In order to appease God, to receive His forgiveness and to restore society’s confidence in the transgressor, if this is possible, love and humility must be projected and penance and restitution be made.

    • GOOD2GO
      September 22, 2011

      …..and this is the word of the DNO “lord”, thanks be to DNO “god”…..

      so much for not judging…

  13. woyyy
    September 21, 2011

    truly disappointed move Jah you just gotta not worry about this one Kamilah is by your side u have the best award in her

  14. ineedfree
    September 21, 2011

    they always succeed in dividing us.

    We wish all concious reggae artists to show solidarity with Cure.

    On the other hand The almighty could just be saving him from the worst.

    “Blessed is the man that walked not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of the sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful”

    Blessed be the Almighty in everything

    • September 21, 2011


      Amen! Sound almost like my sentiment of that outcome! God’s Spirit really does speak the same thing to us, even if in different words.

  15. S State Blu
    September 21, 2011

    MIMI i agree with you a billion percent….thats whats wrong with the uk….The man has moved on and is promoting positivity through music and his life…well the will give all of it to Rihanna(OTIS) Thats what its all about…..OTIS= Only The Illuminti Succeed…That wont stop Jah Cure….Nuff respect Iyah Cure…

  16. MIMI
    September 21, 2011

    it is quite astounding that the same schematics that the white folks use to undermine black people and keep them from progressing it is continued to be used and we are blinded by such things. He has paid his price, he paid his dues to society and now he wants to change his life and bring out positivity and this is what he is being subjected to. it is unfair that society has a double standard. why is it that movado is nominated for an award, all this artist speaks about is violence, is that the thing that we are portraying to the youths of today, what kind of positivity is this. This guys speaks soo trashy about women its rediculous and society has to accept these things as rewarding behavior…wow

    • September 21, 2011


      I do not follow in any kind of music and entertainment production anymore, so I do not know anything about Jah Cure and his counterparts.

      But as I read you comment pertaining to the other nominees, and reading that Jah Cure has a song entitled “unconditional love” I can perceive the reason for not accepting him among the others.

      We now live in a world where most people are driven by worldly fear. The god of this world–better known as the devil, the enemy of the God of Heaven– is the father of fear, handing that sword to even his own children, that they might sleigh themsleves with it.

      “Unconditional Love” is of God alone. Its message in a song cannot live Him out. But people are afraid of the power of Love, which is of God.

      When they feel that they have the right to dismiss it, they will. But actually it is their self pride and arrogannt is causing them to run from God, instead of accepting Him.

      Human beings are just too foolish to know that no one can run from God, if He decides to rebuke and chasten them.

      So don’t worry! If Jah Cure is at peace with God, he is better off than those who have been nominated to participate in whatever the entertainment production is. That is for sure.

  17. Dom
    September 21, 2011

    That there is sad. This is why we must not get in trouble in the first place but it is also troubling when a man make a turn around in life and society doesn’t forgive him. Time served time to forgive! Time to move on.

    • Dr. Lee
      September 21, 2011

      I wonder if the victim of his crime has been able to move on?

    • Justice and Truth
      September 21, 2011

      The world is not as forgiving. Is he sorry for what he did and did he make restitution specifically publicly? Imprisonment does not erase wrongs.

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