Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award-winning icon Jimmy Cliff has teamed up with Fujizz co-founder Wycliffe Jean for a new single titled. refugees, The track paves the way for their first album in over a decade, refugeesWhich is scheduled to be released on August 12 via UMe.
Now with a dance version, and a rap version to come later, refugees Captures the spirit of Cliff’s most classic output with a neo-soul hip-hop twist, courtesy of Wycliffe. It also continues the creative and spiritual connection between these two Mavericks, as Wycliffe famously inducted Cliff into the Rolls Hall of Fame in 2010.
Regarding this generational association, Wyclef commented, “For me, when I first came here, it was not easy for me to come to America. For family members who have suffered political pain, it was not easy for us. When I say ‘fuzzy’, ‘fuzzy’ is short for ‘refugees.’ I was always like, ‘If I could pierce a message, that would be it.’ Who else inspires it? Jimmy Cliff is one of my biggest inspirations of all time, and he has always held on to the message when it comes to peace, love and unity. Collaboration with this record is what we Doing it for the forgotten. In an age where love is needed, I don’t think anyone can describe it better than a king.”
That’s what “King” does best refugees,
Cliff said, “I’m very proud of it, because it sees Jimmy Cliff in a new musical direction. I’ll always do something new. Regardless. refugees There’s a heavy headline, You’re gonna move your feet because it’s on the dancefloor. there we go. I like this.”
Of the 13 tracks, he collaborates notably with his daughter, Lilty. Casteism,
“The way the song came about, it is a story of musicians having fun together. I was just messing around. The band leader recorded a few things. Next thing I know, I hear I’m actually going to star in a song. Jimmy is someone who has always lived up to his beliefs. I feel Casteism There’s a song that really shows what the whole is refugees The album is about unity and tolerance. fact [that] It’s really wonderful for me to be a part of it. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. I see you,” said Lilty.
Vibrant as ever, Cliff celebrated his 78th birthday on July 30. This year also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the timeless the harder They Come – The classic film starring Cliff was originally released in 1972 as hard as they comeThe track effectively pioneered and popularized reggae. Given its importance, the Library of Congress considered it “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Recording Registry. The album’s release also coincided with the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence.
In 2012, Cliff gifted the world Rebirthwhich won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album and ended the year Rolling stone ’50 Best Albums of 2012′. Jimmy Cliffe stands as the only living reggae musician to have been awarded the Order of Merit, the highest honor that can be given by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences.