Jimmy Cliff Gets 'Irie' Lifetime Award


IRIE FM Managing Director Debbie-Ann Dewar (left) presents the IRIE FM Lifetime Award to Jimmy Cliff.1 2 3 4 5WESTERN BUREAU:Reggae legend Dr James 'Jimmy Cliff' Chambers created history on Sunday when he became the first recipient of the Irie FM Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given to him for his iconic contribution as an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, actor and social activist.In the colourful ceremony, which took place at the Somerton All-Age and Basic School in St James, where Cliff had his early education, the Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was hailed by former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson as "Somerton's greatest son"."I am proud of Jimmy for what he represents to the world in the area of culture," said Patterson, who also grew up in Somerton. "Today, I can proudly say that Jimmy Cliff is Somerton's greatest son."In addition to the former prime minister, special tributes also came from Beenie Man, Jimmy Cliff's cousin, as well as noted movie-maker Lennie Little-White, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, and Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis.In his moving tribute, Beenie Man recalled being inspired by the famed singer/actor, who frequently visited his home when he was a child, as his uncle, who was a noted percussionist at the time, was a member of Jimmy Cliff's band."Meeting this great man and observing his professional approach to music was what inspired me to look to music as a five-year-old at the time," said Beenie Man. "This man inspired me." Adrian Frater

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