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The Wickerman Festival 2015 - Day 2

Jimmy Cliff - The Wickerman Festival 2015 - Day 2 - Performances at Dundrennan - Dumfries, United Kingdom - Saturday 25th July 2015

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Jimmy Cliff performs at ACL Fest

Jimmy Cliff - Jimmy Cliff performs at ACL Fest at Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, Texas, United States - Saturday 11th October 2014

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Controversial VW Ad? Not Likely, Super Bowl Audience Laps Up Jimmy Cliff-Starring Spot


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A potentially controversial VW ad that was aired during last night’s Super Bowl has come down on the side of positive acclaim, with Twitter users making light of suggestions that the clip could be deemed insensitive or even racist.

Starring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff singing ‘C’mon Get Happy’ from UK 1970’s TV show The Partridge Family, the ad showed a white American office worker trying to cheer up his sad looking work buddy by saying funny phrases in a Jamaican patois accent. Following that, he takes his pal for a drive in his new VW, cheering them both up considerably (not least if they managed to duck out of work to do it). There were fears that such a move would be deemed racist by some, yet in a collection of tweets gathered by ABC news, it seems like the ad was a huge success.

Jimmy Cliff at Guilfest 2012

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Feel Good Jimmy Cliff Volkswagon Ad Set To Be Super Bowl Commercial Highlight


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Among the many adverts being aired during the Super Bowl this Sunday, one notable spot is set to belong to Jimmy Cliff and Volkswagon, who’s feel good ad is set to be one of the highlights of the second quarter – err, the action aside of course.

A teaser has been released for the ad, which sees the reggae legend singing a cover of ‘C’mon Get Happy’, which was used in 1970’s UK TV series The Patridge Family. "It's an icon type of song. When I lived in the U.K. I saw the TV series, so that's how I became familiar with it” he explained. There are plenty of cameos involved – so watch out for them – and explaining the creative process, Cliff said "It took two days to do it out in California and the first day was pretty cold for California. I was surprised. I was coming out of New York and New York was a bit cold and I go to California and it's cold."

"We all had fun” he furthered. “I certainly did mingle with all the people who I didn't know before. We became quite acquainted. It was really great. I made good connections. I've always been a humanitarian through my work, my music. That's what I've been portraying all my life. So, when they came up with the concept, I contributed to it by saying yes. It's a natural for me."  Have a look for yourself.

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Picture - Paul Simon and Jimmy Cliff, , Sunday 15th July 2012

Paul Simon and Jimmy Cliff - Paul Simon and Jimmy Cliff, Sunday 15th July 2012 perform the album 'Graceland' live at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park - Day 3

Paul Simon and Jimmy Cliff

Picture - Jimmy Cliff, , Sunday 15th July 2012

Jimmy Cliff - Jimmy Cliff, Sunday 15th July 2012 perform Paul Simon's album 'Graceland' live at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park - Day 3

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Marley Review


Excellent
This comprehensive documentary about iconic reggae artist Bob Marley traces his life with a first-hand attention to detail. Through interviews with family, friends and colleagues, it provides an entertaining, telling look at both the man and his beliefs.

As a teen Bob moved from the countryside to the slums of Trenchtown, outside Kingston, where he was confronted by his mixed-race roots (his father was a British Marine). In the 1960s, his ska band The Wailers found success in Jamaica. Then in 1972, Island Records founder Blackwell started promoting The Wailers as a rebellious rock act, leading to global celebrity. Over the next decade, Marley's life included world tours, a re-formed band line-up and a series of huge hits. In 1981, he died after a brief battle with long-existing cancer.

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The Harder They Come Review


Weak
As a piece of Jamaicana, the Jimmy Cliff-starrer The Harder They Come owns a unique place in cinematic history. The film, which introduced America to the sounds of reggae, is a cult classic among Cliff fans. As a movie, sadly, it's pretty poor -- a mismash of urban warfare and Rasta opera -- as Cliff travels to Kingston to try to make it as a musician but ends up thwarted and, naturally, turns to Jamaica's biggest stereotype: Selling pot. Made on a low low budget, director Perry Henzell spent what money he had on all the wrong things, though Cliff's music is of course a standout.

Club Paradise Review


Terrible
Before "celebrity" reality shows, ensemble comedies were the lifelines that kept failing showbiz careers from bottoming out. This subgenre was like a post-Thanksgiving meal concocted of small quantities of disparate leftovers. It was never particularly good, but if one dish didn't taste good, at least you had a dozen other Tupperwares to open.

Club Paradise is a prototypical specimen, starring a dozen actors in career lulls, including Mork, Twiggy, a gaggle of Second City vets, Jimmy Cliff, and even Lawrence of Friggin' Arabia. A word of warning: these leftovers are rotten.

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The Harder They Come Review


Weak
As a piece of Jamaicana, the Jimmy Cliff-starrer The Harder They Come owns a unique place in cinematic history. The film, which introduced America to the sounds of reggae, is a cult classic among Cliff fans. As a movie, sadly, it's pretty poor -- a mismash of urban warfare and Rasta opera -- as Cliff travels to Kingston to try to make it as a musician but ends up thwarted and, naturally, turns to Jamaica's biggest stereotype: Selling pot. Made on a low low budget, director Perry Henzell spent what money he had on all the wrong things, though Cliff's music is of course a standout.
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