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Jimmy Cliff

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Brief History

James Chambers (born 30 July 1944), known professionally as Jimmy Cliff, is a Jamaican ska, rocksteady, reggae and soul musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and actor. He is the only living reggae musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences.

He was instrumental in introducing reggae to an international audience, largely through his performance in the landmark film The Harder They Come (1972).

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.