Saturday 25th May 2019
Jimmy Cliff, the Grammy Award-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, musician, actor, singer, songwriter, producer and humanitarian attributes his stellar success to something we all need more of in our lives: “magic.”
“I feel like there’s something magical about everything,” the iconic star smiled. “When my mother was pregnant, she had such a huge stomach that everyone thought she was carrying triplets! That’s why people initially said I was special. In school, I was already doing magic tricks. I don’t know how I learned them. I could also read palms. Nobody taught me how to do that either. There are so many stories like that in my life. The fact that I came out of that hurricane felt significant to me.”
Nowadays, his impact remains inescapable. You have undoubtedly sung along to his immortal anthems like I Can See Clearly Now, Wonderful World, Beautiful People, You Can Get It If You Really Want, The Harder They Come and many more.
In addition to receiving his country’s highest honour, The Order of Merit, he holds the distinction of being one of two Jamaican Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® inductees—in good company with Bob Marley.
Everyone from The Rolling Stone and Elvis Costello to Annie Lennox and Paul Simon has sought him out for collaborations, while Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Cher, New Order and Fiona Apple have recorded notable covers. Springsteen’s take on Trapped even graced the track listing of the We Are The World album, while Bob Dylan famously described Jimmy’s Vietnam as “the greatest protest song ever written.”
An inimitable screen presence, Jimmy also starred in (and figured prominently on the soundtrack of) the 1972 classic The Harder They Come, which drew an international spotlight to reggae. Other film appearances include Club Paradise, Muscle Shoals, Marked For Death, and more.
This is a rare chance to see the living legend up close in one of Glasgow’s finest intimate performance spaces, BAaD, reinforcing The Barras’ position as Glasgow’s emerging entertainment quarter.
Playground will bring something truly unique and special to the table at BAaD, a thoroughly exciting venue dedicated to Glasgow’s hunger for the best international music offerings but with its roots embedded in the Barras’ rich musical history.