Jah Cure facing resistance in Europe


jahcure_yardflex.jpgHot on the heels of the promotion surrounding Jah Cure's British tour comes the news that a bitter row has broken out over the expected British tour of one of the world’s acclaimed reggae stars. In a story printed in the British Observer women's rights groups have expressed anger at the way that Cure - real name Siccature Alcock - has reassumed his celebrity status just months after being released.

According to the report - The Voice, the newspaper for Britain's black community, received complaints after it carried adverts for the tour. Campaigner Paulette Coombs urged people to protest outside Cure's tour venues, while others have demanded he donates some of the millions of pounds he is expected to make from his music to rape victims' charities. 'He is able to move on with his life,' Coombs told the newspaper. "Who cares about the young woman he raped?"

The victim, Suzanne Ferguson, who waived her anonymity to speak out after she heard Cure was due for release, told the Jamaican press last year: "Every time there is a lot of publicity about Jah Cure, I have even more flashbacks. Sometimes I am so afraid to leave my house. It seems to me that entertainers are more valued than everybody else in Jamaica and, as a woman, I feel seriously undervalued." She has claimed she was offered money by Cure's supporters to retract her claims.

There is hope for The Cure as other women's groups are reluctant to join the protest. "Jah Cure was not convicted by a jury and there were serious doubts about his conviction," said Cristel Amiss, coordinator of the Black Women's Rape Action Project, based in north London. "He has served eight years in prison. Those who call for a boycott of his tour are losing sight of the real issue, which is that only about 5.6 per cent of reported rapes result in a conviction. They are helping to perpetuate the myth of the rapist as a dark stranger."

Meanwhile, Jah Cure has been lauded by international groups as a role model for prisoners and has openly declared his desire to impact positively on recidivism rates and rehabilitation on a whole.