September 29, 2013 § 2 Comments
Who knew that Wonderful World, Beautiful People was inspired by a trip Jimmy Cliff made to Brazil? Or that Cat Stevens, who wrote the original Wild World, actually helped produce Jimmy Cliff’s version, which went on to become a top ten UK hit? These are some of the gems that have come from the grammy-winning rock and roll hall of fame inductee as he winds up his “Many Rivers Crossed Tour,” playing mostly classic hits and telling the stories behind them. At the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC, the 65 year-old Jimmy Cliff’s energy was truly on show, from the first nyabinghi drum beat to the last strum of his Schecter Electric guitar. He left the stage four times, only to be cajoled back by chants of “Jimmy! Jimmy! Jimmy!” The tour coincides with the 40th Anniversary of the US release of The Harder They Come, the movie in which he played the lead role of Ivan, a “rude boy” and aspiring singer. Apart from the title track, Cliff also contributed three « Read the rest of this entry »
December 28, 2010 § 3 Comments
Roots reggae band Morgan Heritage is the latest in a long list of artists from the Diaspora to play concerts in Africa this year, and for reggae fans in Sierra Leone their performance will cap a 2010 that’s been quite a treat! First it was Akon’s concert earlier in the year. Then superstar Jimmy Cliff shuttled in to do the ECOWAS Peace Pageant; he had barely said “see ya” when Beenie Man hit the stage as part of his own multi-nation tour. And now it seems that fans could not even wait for Morgan Heritage’s scheduled main event at the National Stadium on December 28; a special request was made of them to perform a private show at the « Read the rest of this entry »
November 22, 2010 § 1 Comment
OK, Promised to bring you some Jimmy Cliff video after his recent performance in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Only a brief clip is available right now (it takes quite a while to FTP that hi-def video). Many thanks to our crew over there for grabbing Jimmy Cliff right after his rousing performance in front of the crowd at the ECOWAS Peace Pageant 2010. With his hat pulled over his eyes, he does look like he’s ready to hit the pillows! But he still managed to talk with Zoe Hamilton about being in Sierra Leone and his message for the youth.
So this past weekend another reggae artist made it to Sierra Leone: Beenie Man.
November 14, 2010 § 3 Comments
Perhaps Jimmy Cliff‘s performance of his hit song “I Can See Clearly Now” at the end of the Ms. ECOWAS Peace Pageant should have given the audience an indication of the slant his closing remarks would take. The reggae superstar took on a serious tone as he delivered a call to Sierra Leoneans to “never let foreigners come in and take what is yours.” He had made similar comments on
November 13, 2010 § 1 Comment
It’s official (at the last minute, as it can often be in Sierra Leone): Jimmy Cliff has already arrived at Freetown’s Lungi Airport for the 2010 ECOWAS Peace Pageant, where he is scheduled to perform in just a few hours. Senegalese star Youssou N’Dour was already confirmed, but only rumors surrounded whether Jimmy Cliff would actually be brought over. Thirty beauties from the 15 ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) nations will compete for the honor of becoming the Peace Ambassador for the sub-region. It promises to be an exciting night showcasing the best of West African fashion, art and music. For more information on the pageant, you can visit their website. Afrofusion Lounge will keep you updated on results! Photo Courtesy Aram Kilimli. Bless…