“Reggae’s first global superstar” Rolling Stone
Reggae Legend, the honourable Jimmy Cliff is a Grammy Award Winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and has collaborated with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello and Annie Lennox. Jimmy Cliff’s role in the 1972 Jamaican film, The Harder They Come, introduced reggae to the world. It is an honour for Bluesfest to host him once again.
With a legacy stretching back almost 50 years, Jimmy Cliff has remained a force to be reckoned with, his most recent album Rebirth (2012), was produced by none other than Tim Armstrong, front man of American Punk-Rock band Rancid who has cited Cliff as his most admired artist.
Then there are the hits such as ‘Many Rivers To Cross’, ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’, ‘Sitting In Limbo’,‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’, ‘The Harder They Come’ that has led to his songs being performed and recorded by Willie Nelson, New Order, Bruce Springsteen and Cher (among many others). Paul Simon featured Cliff’s 1970 song ‘Vietnam’ in his 2011 concerts and Dylan called it the greatest protest song ever written. Not one to shy away from a cover himself, Jimmy Cliff’sversion of Johnny Nash’s ‘I can See Clearly Now’ in 1993 catapulted him onto the mainstream pop charts in the US once again.
His catalogue ranks among the most influential in global culture, Cliff remains a forceful voice of power and conscience, creating new music as vital and vibrant as ever. He completely blew us all away with his spectacular and energetic performances at past festivals; we can’t wait for him to do it all over again!
Jimmy Cliff is playing Bluesfest on Saturday 31st March and Monday 2nd April, 2018.