Jimmy Cliff: An Uncrowned King

Published April 18, 2014 by soundquake

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After nearly one hundred minutes of hearing the pulsating work of a legend, I stepped away from the magnificent performance into thoughts of confusion. Jimmy Cliff, the underrated chief perpetuator of reggae music, had just finished his Sunday night Roots N Blues Fest set, where his performance radiated the energy of a twenty-something year old paired with the wisdom of a man fifty years into the game (luckily he’s on his fifty-first). I saw his creation—but where is the consideration he deserves?

The sixty-five year old musician continuously plays shows that leave audiences astounded, regardless of the songs’ age. On top of this awe-inspiring ability, he is also the only current living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the Jamaican government’s highest honor for achievement in the arts and sciences.

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