Reggae star and (former) MOBO award nominee Jah Cure has been withdrawn from his category at this year’s ceremony due to charges of rape.
Jah, real name Siccature Alcock, was released from prison four years ago after being convicted of gun point assault in Jamaica in 1999.
MOBO organisers were said to have made this decision after learning of the “severity of the crime”, which now leaves just Damien Marley & Nas, Movado, Alborosie and Khago fighting it out for Best Reggae Act.
However, this isn’t the first time that reggae artists have been withdrawn from the awards. In 2004, Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man were both disqualified from the category for the homophobic content of their songs.
MOBO organisers demanded the pair send a written apology for such lyrics after complaints from gay rights campaigners, yet no apology was received. Beenie Man didn’t even make the shortlist of nominees that year for similar reasons.
So Jah Cure is left longing for the MOBO’s to love him more…
Do you think the MOBO organisers were right to drop Jah? Are reggae artists given a tough time in comparison to artists of other categories? Let us know what you think…