Jah Cure Speaks Out About Revocation Of Jamaican Artists' Visas

After the United States cancelled visas for five popular Jamaican recording artists, reggae star Jah Cure released a single with a call to action.

After the cancellation of five visas belonging to Jamaican performers including Mavado, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, reggae star Jah Cure was moved to voice his opinion. In a politically motivated release titled "Save Yourself", the SoBe/Danger Zone artist addressed Jamaica and Caribbean nations, exclaiming, “You can’t change my pride, you can’t take my power."

Breaking news of the United States Embassy in Kingston cancelling the visas came on April 1, leaving Cure to originally dismiss the announcement as an April Fool’s joke. “I couldn't believe that the Jamaican or U.S. governments would violate the privacy rights of citizens and publish their legal names, their birth dates, their actual Jamaican passport numbers and their U.S. Visa Control numbers, I did not believe it,” said Cure after discovering the official news.

There are few rumors circulating the web as to why the artists' visas have been revoked. Some sources have speculated that the musicians have been banned for advocating violence and murder against homosexuals, while others have theorized that it is a response to the Jamaican government's refusal to cooperate in the U.S. extradition of a drug dealer. The Jamaican Observer has since issued a report warning all dancehall performers from traveling at all.

Longtime manager of Beenie Man, Patrick Roberts, also spoke out about the news, "We have always had our work permits renewed without any problems."

Cure, who released "Save Yourself" as a free download, is urging to community to take action, “We cannot depend on Big Brother to help us, we must depend on each other and ourselves."

Either way, the popular reggae artists will not be performing in the United States anytime soon.

28 Comments

  • Jamaican Translation

    They give most of the artist an exceptions or maybe a special visas to perform anywhere. I think this guys are not that harmful to avoid them in some way.

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  • BLACK PUSSY SUPREMIST

    THEY WANT DUDUS. WELL IF NO PASSPORTS, JAMAICANS WILL JUST INVENT ANOTHER MUSIC, LIKE THEY DID HIPHOP. IT'S ABOUT 30 YEARS. TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW. BIGBAND- 1920s-50s Rock 1950's to 80s, HipHop 1980 - 2010. Time for something new to scare white people. LOL

    • sprecks

      U sir are an ignorant fool. "time for something new." Reggae has transcended time and will continue to grow. What is wrong with you people with your stupid comments.

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  • caribbean-man

    i live in st. kitts. i use to live in america. is grudge they grudge us. they is some stinking fuckers. we need to stop bringing in american artists for our shows to.

  • Batty bwoys, huh?

    You fuck with the gays, you be sorry. Learn the lesson, artistes, and don't forget it.

  • Bajan

    the fuck outta here they were denied into my country too, Barbados (Caribbean), they got denied coz the government thinks that the message that they are sending isnt positive and most of the ppl who go to thier shows are the youths

  • yungnatty

    freedom of speech is a lie , freedom of culture is limited to what america deems acceptable everyone one who knows what jah cure is about and knows his story knows that he doesnt deserve this shit , the kkk can hold rallies but jah cure cant come through and sing longing for ? fuck america me nah business if you nuh like it , its a shitty country that doesnt follow the principals laid out in its own constitution its a nation of hypocrites and ignorant parasites . get your money ah foreign and get out of there asap

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    THEY WANT TO KEEP JAMAICANS IN AMERICA FROM THEIR CULTURE. LOL JUST BE MORE JAMAICAN. START USING MIXTAPES AGAIN LIKE THE OLD DANCEHALL DAYS. ARTISTS AND SOUNDSYSTEMS PUT IT ON YOUTUBE OR PAYPERVIEW. I ILIKE ALL BLACK MUSIC. I HATE LISTENING TO THE SAME SHIT ALL THE TIME. I GUESS IM YOUNG AND THINK LIKE A HUMAN. IF THEY CAN HAVE ALL TYPES OF MUSIC IN THEIR IPODS, WHY SHOULD I ONLY LIKE RAP AND R&B.

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  • crazypee81

    IF THIS KEEPS UP AND MONEY CANT BE MADE I WONDER IF THE ARTIST WILL START TURNING THEIR BACK ON DUDUS AKA CHRISTOPHER COKE CAUSE PRIOR TO THIS INCIDENT ALL THESE ARTIST WERE SALUTING DUDUS IN THEIR VIDEOS. US GOVT WANT DUDUS REAL BAD.

  • HHFAN

    Since a lot of ignorant commenters are going to come on here and make statement, Ill let y'all know the deal from now. Jamaica is run by criminals and drug dealers. The man the US is trying to extradite is a pusher & murder who is a good friend/political ally of the prime minister. Since Jamaicas economy runs off tourism, the government and various groups are advising people not To go to Jamaica. Not allowing reggae artists in to the US (the worlds largest consumer base) is a method of showing the Feds aren't fucking around. Unfortunately, Jamaica is no longer the beautiful laid back country I used to visit as a child (my moms is Jamaican). Kidnapping, murder, and violence is no longer just in Kingston- no part of the country is safe. The crooked politicians backed by drug lords are completely ruining the country. There are children in the streets with no education but they have AK 47's, semi automatics, and other military style weaponry. The politicians make promises to the uneducated masses leaving them mired in danger. Jamaicans need to stand up before it's too late.

    • SAMURAI36

      LMAO @ "Jamaica is run by criminals and drug dealers..." For a moment there, I thought you were talking about Amerikkka. But my bad for interrupting, carry on with your bombo-ras stupid faggotry talk.

    • shouldbewe

      Kidnapping, murder, and violence is no longer just in Kingston- no part of the country is safe. its in america too.

    • Da, Fella

      Shut the fuck up Nigga!! quit talking like Jamaica is now the Wild West or somewhere in africa! You dont know shit

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      Shut ya bumba!

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