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When it comes to living legends of ska and reggae, they don’t get much bigger than Jimmy Cliff. The Jamaican multi-instrumentalist, singer and occasional actor has been performing since the early 60s and shows no signs of slowing down. Despite being nearly 70, his voice is still as powerful as ever and still manages to either move people or just generally get them moving. Cliff also happens to be the only musician to ever hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a citizen by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences.

Cliff’s revered status within the reggae scene has been cemented by his crossover mainstream success. His covers of Cat Stevens’ Wild World and Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now – from the soundtrack of feel-good flick Cool Runnings – put him into the limelight, while his own tunes Wonderful World, Wonderful People and You Can Get It If You Really Want helped to bring soft reggae to the masses. It’s his powerful vocals on Many Rivers To Cross that really send shivers down your spine, though. Luckily, there’s only one – possibly two – rivers that you’ll need to cross to see Cliff in all his glory at the Riverside.

Jimmy Cliff plays at Riverside, Newcastle on Thursday 6th August.

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