Jimmy Cliff

Reggae was a hard sell for American audiences in the 1970’s. Unlike England and the rest of Europe, America already had some great black music of their own with fans of rock ‘n’ roll having long since branched out into predominantly African American genres like Motown, the Blue, and Jazz. At the time there was no such thing as “world music”, just “ethnic” and “traditional” considered a sub-section of folk. When the thick-patois strains of reggae reached the US it was met by a wall of resistance requiring a bit of subversion to carry it through. Jimmy Cliff arguably... Read More

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