jimmy cliff

Jimmy Cliff

Before Bob Marley’s dreadlocks overshadowed all others in the reggae world, there was a man…‘the man’ responsible for bringing reggae to the world. Arriving back on our shores in 2015, this man, Jimmy Cliff, will be bringing real reggae to you at the West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots. Always a chilled out performance, he’ll be gracing West Coast audiences with his sweet, sweet tunes for the second time. We all know the words to ‘Vietnam’, after all Bob Dylan called the 1970 single “the greatest protest song ever written” – but did you know Jimmy Cliff was the man behind it? What about everyone’s favourite reggae hits ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’, ‘The Harder They Come’, ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ and ‘Many Rivers’…did you know they’re all Jimmy’s too? The actor, singer, songwriter, mutli-instrumentalist and all round reggae genius introduced these songs, and all things reggae and Jamaican to the world in the 1972 film The Harder They Come. Rolling Stones Magazine called him “reggae’s first global super star”, and after a two year absence we’re thrilled to welcome Mr Cliff back to the West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots stage. The two-time Grammy Award Winner, 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit from the Jamaican government, left audiences begging for more in 2013 and he’ll be sure to do it again.

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