Jimmy Cliff

Friday, June 8, 2012 8:00PM
The Klein Auditorium

Jimmy Cliff
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He starred in and supplied much of the music for the film Harder They Come, and its subsequent soundtrack album. And in doing so, Jimmy Cliff helped to popularize reggae music all over the world and has been a living legend ever since. For that 1972 soundtrack, he gathered up Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Dekker, and the Melodians for one of the most exciting collections of roots reggae you can find, his own songs shining brightest.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff has an easy, slow grooving and soulful sound. His huge vocal range and ability to tap into raw emotion has made Cliff’s voice is enigmatic in roots reggae. Thanks to his work and dedication to spreading positivity throughout the world, today he is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences. And it should come as no surprise that his voice is just as smooth as it was at the beginning.

He brought us songs like "Sitting in Limbo," "You Can Get It If You Really Want," "Many Rivers to Cross," “Hakuna Matata,” as well as covers of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" and Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now," both from the film Cool Runnings. He just played with Bruce Springsteen in Austin during SXSW, and has played with the Rolling Stones, Steven Van Zandt, Sting, Annie Lenox and Kool & the Gang over the years. Today Cliff carries on the roots reggae tradition with his unmistakable, youthful sound. We could not be more proud to present him for you at The Klein. Don’t miss this show!

“Along with Bob Marley and Toots & the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff was one of the original driving forces behind the emergence of reggae music.” - NY Times

“Years later, Cliff is producing some of the most powerful music of his career.” - GQ