Jimmy Cliff and Wyclef Jean team up for ‘Refugees’ | Entertainment


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winner Jimmy Cliff has teamed up with Fugees co-founder Wyclef Jean for a new single titled Refugees. This track paves the way for his first album in over a decade, Refugeesscheduled for release on August 12 via UMe.

With a dance version now, and a rap version coming out later, Refugees captures the spirit of Cliff’s most classic production with a neo-soul hip-hop twist, courtesy of Wyclef. It also continues the creative and spiritual bond between these two mavericks, as Wyclef inducted Cliff into the Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Regarding this generational collaboration, Wyclef commented, “For me, coming to America was not easy when I got here. Having family members who suffered political torment, it was not easy for us. When I say ‘Fugees’, ‘Fugees’ is short for ‘refugees’. I was always like, ‘If I could fathom one message, this would be it.’ And who inspires that? Jimmy Cliff is one of my biggest inspirations, and he has always stayed true to the message of peace, love, and unity. The collaboration with this record is exactly what we are, speaking for the forgotten. In a time when love is needed, I don’t think anyone can convey that better than the King.

That’s what the “king” does best Refugees.

Cliff said: “I’m very proud of this because it sees Jimmy Cliff in a new musical direction. I will always go into something new. Even though Refugees is a heavy title, you’re going to move your feet because it’s on the dance floor. Here we are. I love it.”

Among the 13 titles, he notably collaborates with his daughter, Lilty, on the emotional Racism.

“The way the song came about was just about musicians having fun together. I was just messing around. The bandleader ended up recording some stuff. Next thing I know, it’s that I hear that I’m actually gonna be on a song. Jimmy’s a man who’s always stayed true to his beliefs. I think Racism is a song that really shows what the whole Refugees the album is about unity and tolerance. The fact [that] I can be a part of it’s really amazing. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. I see you,” Lilty said.


As lively as ever, Cliff celebrated his 78th birthday on July 30. This year also marked the 50th anniversary of the timeless The more they come – the classic movie starring Cliff originally released in 1972. His creation of The more they comeoundtrack effectively launched and popularized reggae. Given its significance, the Library of Congress deemed it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Recording Registry. The release of the album also rightly follows the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence.

In 2012, Cliff gave the world Renaissancewhich received a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album and closed the year on rolling stones ’50 best albums of 2012′. Jimmy Cliff stands out as the only living reggae musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences.


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