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JIMMY CLIFF--A GREAT CONTRIBUTOR TO JAMAICAN REGGAE CULTURE

Jimmy Cliff, a Jamaican musician, singer and actor was born on April 1st 1948. He is said to be the only currently living musician holding the Order of Merit, the highest honor for arts and sciences granted by the Jamaican government.

He was born in Somerton District, St. James, Jamaica. His songs writing began early in life; at primary school. In 1962 he attended Kingston Technical School. The earlier part of his career was greeted with few disappointments but that was over when his "Hurricane Hattie" became a super hit. Cliff became an Islam after travelling to Africa.

Apart from Music, acting is also prominent in his nature. He recorded with Kool & the Gang in 1983 with ‘The Power and the Glory’. He appeared at the Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands in 1983. In 2007 Cliff performed at the opening ceremony at Cricket's World Cup and in the spring and summer of 2010, Cliff embarked on an extensive tour of the US and Canada.

Prominent amongst his numbers are: ‘Wonderful World Beautiful People’, ‘The Harder They Come’, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ ‘Many rivers to cross’ amongst many others.

FOR FURTHER READING/VIEW:
http://www.jimmycliff.com/bio/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Cliff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL7C3Ka-sZI
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