Kenya is evidently under the Jamaican spell. Word Is has learnt that two top Jamaican reggae artistes Jah Cure and Duane Stephenson will be in Nairobi next month for a concert.
According to sources close to both artistes, they will perform on the same stage on a yet to be revealed date. Jah Cure himself revealed this information to our source. "I'm excited about this upcoming concert in Kenya," he reportedly said.
Jah Cure, who is famed for the hit song Call On Me, is one of the biggest names in the reggae genre having performed alongside Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffith, Garnett Silk, Yami Bolo, Jacob Miller and Black Uhuru. By the age of 11, he had made the decision he wanted to become part of that elite group.
Sadly, in 1998, he was accused falsely and arrested for rape and sentenced to jail for 15 years. However, his accuser later confessed that he was innocent, citing a case of 'mistaken identity'.
While in jail, Jah Cure recorded and released several records, many of which topped the charts as No 1 singles. The songs Jamaica, produced by Danger Zone Productions, and Longing For, produced by Don Corleon, both hit No 1 on the Jamaican charts and were international hits as well. His first album Free Jah Cure was recorded in jail, and later released in 2001, one year after his incarceration. It is a project that has been lyrically compared to Bob Marley's classic, Exodus.
Meanwhile, Duane Stephenson's career took off when he recorded his top selling album August Town. Other Jamaican artistes expected to tour the country later in the year are Konshens and Tarus Riley.