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Friday, November 12, 2010

Jimmy Cliff Arrives in Ghana en route to Freetown, Sierra Leone

International reggae music star, Jimmy Cliff has arrived in Accra en route to Freetown, Sierra Leone to participate in Miss ECOWAS Peace Pageant on Saturday. 

While in Ghana for a day, he would be holding discussions with a cross section of interest groups. 

Mr. Cliff was met on arrival by the Deputy Minister of Information, Samul Okudzeto-Ablakwah. 

The reggae star said he cannot be in Africa without stepping foot on the soil of Ghana. He said Ghana played a major role in the liberation of the continent from colonialism to independence. 
Ghana he said still plays a leading role in the affairs of the continent. Mr. Cliff asked contemporary music artistes to sing about positive themes to inspire the youth. 

This they must do as a duty and contribution to making society a better place for all. 

The international reggae star called on African leaders to pool resources in order to wean the continent off dependence on the west for development. 

This he said calls for the right education, which would unearth the talents of the majority of African. 

Jamaicans he said recognise Africa as home and therefore see themselves as Africans abroad. 

Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwah said the government and people of Ghana are happy to receive as the son of the land. 

He said Jimmy Cliff\'s song continue to impart knowledge and inspiration to the youth. 

He said as a result of his contribution to music and human development, Jimmy Cliff is the only living musician inducted into the international \'rock and roll\' Hall of Fame in Jamaica. 

The Honourable Jimmy Cliff, OM (born James Chambers; 1 April 1948) is a Jamaican ska and reggae singer, musician, and actor. He is the only currently living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences. He is best known among mainstream audiences for songs such as "Sitting in Limbo," "You Can Get It If You Really Want," and "Many Rivers to Cross" from the soundtrack to The Harder They Come, which helped popularize reggae across the world;[1] and his covers of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" and Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" from the film Cool Runnings. Outside of the reggae world, he is probably best known for his film appearance in The Harder They Come.


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