Reggae’s first champion.
Jimmy Cliff was instrumental in spreading reggae beyond Jamaica. A self-proclaimed shepherd of reggae, Cliff has gone all over the globe to pass on the mellow, sun-drenched sound.
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Hall of Fame Essay
Jimmy Cliff had done nothing but star in the 1972 film The Harder They Come, he would merit induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Masterfully playing the role of Ivan, a country boy trying to break into the thoroughly corrupt Jamaican music industry, Cliff embodied the hopes, aspirations, and sounds of roots reggae at its best.
when we saw Jimmy Cliff, we saw ourselves
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