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Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Jah Cure
Dr Keith Nurse (right) speaks during a CaribbeanTales session at the 2015 Caribbean Studies Association Conference in New Orleans, USA, in May, as co-panellist Christopher Laird listens.
Jah Vinci
Keznamdi (left) and Kelissa
Yasus Afari

‘The Cure’ continues Billboard run 

Jah Cure’s new album The Cure (VP Records) has held the top place on the US Billboard Reggae Album Chart for three consecutive weeks.

“I put my heart and soul into this album and it is always nice to know it is well received,” Jah Cure said.

The Cure has been called “musical therapy to your ears ... poetic messages of empowerment and love” (Associated Press), “another classic ... raises the bar of what reggae music can and should be” (Frank 151) and “one of Jah Cure’s most personal records to date ... spans a rich, sonic palette, coupled with a wide range of themes” (MTV Iggy).

In support of the album, Jah Cure is currently touring Europe until the end of August, closing at Spain’s renowned Rototom Festival. US fans can see him aboard the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, sailing twice this year on November 30 and December 5 from Miami, Florida.

The 13-track set is a return to roots reggae and lover’s rock, with R&B and pop fusion elements. Jah Cure co-produced the entire album with the help of producers like Christopher ‘Sketch’ Carey, Clive Hunt, Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown, Justin ‘Jus Bus’ Nation and Trevor ‘Baby G’ James.

The Cure features a cover of John Legend’s All of Me (which received over five million YouTube views), Rasta, That Girl, Life We Live, Show Love, No Friend of Mine, Made In California and I Surrender. “My struggles made me who I am today. That’s why I sing with feeling. It comes from my heart, ’cause I feel the pain,” Jah Cure said.

Among his tour dates are: Aug 7 in Amsterdam, Holland @ Kwaku Festival Aug 8 in Stockholm, Sweden @ Munchenbriggeriet Aug 16 in Benicassim, Spain @ Rototom Festival Nov 30 – 5 Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise Dec 5 – 10 Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Crusie

Participants named for CaribbeanTales Incubator

Ten teams of Caribbean filmmakers from nine countries have been selected to attend the 2015 CaribbeanTales Incubator programme (CTI) in Toronto, Canada, from September 8 to 13.

The CTI, now in its sixth year, is a marketing and financing platform that offers selected Caribbean and Diaspora filmmakers an opportunity to hone their creative and business skills in an international marketplace environment. The intensive six-week programme includes an intensive five-day workshop in Toronto and culminates in a Caribbean Pitch Breakfast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, attended by high-profile industry delegates.

The overall goal of the CTI is to increase the pool of strong, monetisable, world-class, indigenous film and television content from the Caribbean and its diaspora, in order to build the region’s audiovisual capacity.

The projects were selected from more than 80 submissions regionally by a panel of international industry specialists. Executive producers are Nicole Brooks (producer, director), Dr Rita Shelton Deverell (producer, co-founder of Vision TV), Rodney V. Smith (director, producer, author), Christopher Laird (film-maker, producer, coFounder of Banyan Ltd and Gayelle: The Channel) and Floyd Kane (writer, producer).

This year, the CTI is supported by funding from the Inter-American Development Bank through its Regional Entrepreneurial Asset Commercialisation Hub (REACH), Telefilm Canada, the French Consulate in Toronto and the St Lucia Tourism Board.

The project is also a component of CaribbeanTales’ 3D project, supported by a financial contribution from the European Union and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.

Natural High releases debut album

The first official album from Natural High Music was launched globally in late July. Produced by Jamaican label owners Jordan ‘TallMan’Armond and Blaise ‘Binghi’ Davis, the new compilation was released digitally through bursts on social media, iTunes and popular reggae blogs.

Featuring a diverse line-up including Jesse Royal, Dre Island, Keznamdi, Kelissa, Keida, Jovi Rockwell, Chezidek, Jahvinci and Mikey General, the 16-track album displays elements of roots reggae, classic dub and hip hop.

Lyrically, the record is as diverse as its soundscape. Songs touch on subjects such as global awareness, Jamaican culture, romance, spiritual awakening and celebration of life. Some tracks, such as Dre Island's Live Forever and Keznamdi's 10 Pound were pre-released by the artistes earlier this year, but the album contains bonus dub remixes and brand new songs.

"This record was a real growing phase for us" says TallMan. "Being able to connect and learn from so many talented artiste, who genuinely supported \our work, is a joyful feeling."

Natural High Music is preparing to take their music on the road with DJ sets and live dub shows. Their website is


Mutabaruka named Ja Poetry Festival patron


The Jamaican Poetry Foundation has declared Mutabaruka patron of the Jamaica Poetry Festival (JPF). The 2015 staging takes place on Sunday, August 9, at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, Hope Road, St Andrew.

It commences at 10 a.m. with an interactive, family friendly creative writing workshop which finishes at 2:00 p.m. Show time is 7:00 p.m.

The fifth annual Jamaica Poetry Festival will feature Yasus Afari, Gervanna Stephens, Richie Innocent, Ras Haughton, Kai Falconer, Tomlin Ellis, Charmaine Gooden-Monteith, Dexta Malawi, Ras Ja Ja, Skripcha, Viv Morris Brown, and special guest of honour Boris Gardiner, plus a very special surprise guest.

A special audiovisual tribute will be paid to the Poetry Society of Jamaica, Calabash Literary Festival, Poetry in Motion, Poets in Unity and Seh Sup'm poetry.

Presale tickets for Jamaica Poetry Festival 2015 are available at Bookophilia, 92 Hope Road, New Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant in Liguanea, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) at Phoenix Avenue, Fontana Pharmacy in Barbican, Veggie Meals on Wheels in Cross Roads and ATA, 33 Mannings Hill Road.

The adult tickets are presold $1,000 and $1,500 at the gate, while the children's tickets are presold at $500 and $800 at the gate.

Sponsorship for JPF 2015 is being provided by Irie Life (Anguilla), SanKofa Wellness Centre and Spa, Mona Graphic Printers, JCDC and SenYacum Edutainment.