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REGGAE LEGEND JIMMY CLIFF RELEASES FIRST NEW ALBUM SINCE 2012, ‘REFUGEES’, OUT NOW

REGGAE LEGEND JIMMY CLIFF RELEASES FIRST NEW ALBUM SINCE 2012,  ‘REFUGEES’, OUT NOW
Salad Days

Los Angeles, CA (August 2022) – One of the most important reggae artists of all-time Jimmy Cliff makes his long-awaited return with his 1st new album in over a decade, ‘Refugees’.

Last month, Jimmy released his latest single ‘Refugees’ (Dance Version) featuring Wyclef Jean. The song captures the spirit of Cliff’s most classic output with a neo-soul hip-hop twist courtesy of the legendary Fugees co-founder. It also continues the creative and spiritual connection between these two mavericks as Wyclef famously inducted Cliff into the Roll Hall of Fame® in 2010. Regarding this generational collaboration, Wyclef commented, “For me, coming to America wasn’t easy when I first got here. Having family members who suffered political torment, it wasn’t easy for us. When I say “Fugees” is short for “Refugees”. I was always like, “If I could penetrate a message, it would be that”. And who inspires that? Jimmy Cliff is one of my biggest inspirations ever, and he has always stayed on message when it comes to peace, love, and unity. The collaboration with this record is just what we are, talking for the forgotten. In an era where love is needed, I don’t think anybody can convey that better than the king.”

That’s what the “King” does best on Refugees. Jimmy said, “I’m very proud of this, because it sees Jimmy Cliff in a new musical direction. I’ll always go into something new. Even though ‘Refugees’ is a heavy title, you’re going to be moving your feet, because it’s on the dancefloor. There we go. I love it.”

Regarding his collaboration with Jimmy on ‘We Want Justice’ Jamaican vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dwight Richards said, “I’ve been working with Jimmy Cliff for 20 years and was honored when he asked me to feature on ‘We Want Justice’. Growing up in Jamaica, that song really touched me. To be able to sing it with Jimmy gives it more meaning. As we all know, Jimmy is a humanitarian, and that speaks for itself and this album. We the people, we want justice, and we deserve justice.” Among the thirteen tracks, he notably collaborates with his daughter Lilty Cliff on the emotional ‘Racism’. Lilty summed it up, “The way the song came about is just a story about musicians having fun together. I was just messing around. The band leader ended up recording a few things. Next thing I know, I hear I’m actually going to be featuring on a song. Jimmy’s a man who has always stayed true to his beliefs. I think ‘Racism’ is a song that really shows what the whole ‘Refugees’ album is about, which is unity and tolerance. The fact I get to be a part of is really amazing. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. I see you.”

However, he incites another era of revolution on ‘Refugees’ this year.

‘REFUGEES’ TRACKLISTING

1. Money Love
2. Here I Am
3. Refugees (Rap Version) feat. Wyclef Jean
4. Security
5. One Song
6. My Love Song
7. Moving On
8. We Want Justice feat. Dwight Richards
9. Racism feat. Lilty Cliff
10. Bridges
11. Punus
12. Happy Day
13. Refugees (Dance Version) feat. Wyclef Jean

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