Jamaica’s first reggae legend

Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican ska and reggae musician, is performing at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds. ANL-150807-113950001

Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican ska and reggae musician, is performing at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds. ANL-150807-113950001

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A Jamaican reggae and ska artist who helped to bring his genre international recognition is coming to the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on July 23.

Jimmy Cliff, whose musical legacy spans back almost 50 years, has one of the industry’s most influential back catalogues and his new music is as vibrant as ever.

His hits include You Can Get It If You Really Want, Wonderful World Beautiful People, praised protest song Vietnam and Many Rivers To Cross.

His most recent album Rebirth won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2012 and was voted Rolling Stone’s 12th ‘Best Album’ of that year.

By the age of 14 Cliff had recorded several singles including Hurricane Hattie, which launched his career.

He became the rebel image of reggae, charismatic and cosmically funky, and went on to sign with Island Records and move to England in the 1960s.

He starred in and produced much of the soundtrack for Jamaican film The Harder They Come in 1972, which brought reggae to an international audience for the first time.

In 2003 the Jamaican government awarded Cliff the Order of Merit, the nation’s third highest honour, in recognition of his contribution to the island’s film and music. He is the only living musician to hold this distinction. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 01284 758000 or see theapex.co.uk.