The 9th Edition of The Montreal International Reggae Festival Celebrates Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence
at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal August 17, 18 and 19
This year, for its 9th edition, the Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) team is particularly proud to celebrate Jamaica’s 50 years of independence with some of the leading and most prolific ambassadors in the history of Reggae.
Continually embracing the motto “United Against Violence” and with an unrelenting determination to unite nations through music, MIRF has designed three days of stellar programming this summer. Included in the roster of confirmed artists, is: internationally acclaimed Poirier, who is a DJ and producer from Montreal; bright new stars of the Dancehall, Konshens, Khago, Assasin and Christopher Martin; as well as the ever triumphant Cham who makes a return in 2012. Tarrus Riley, one of the newest international stars in Reggae is also on the bill along with Luciano, “The Reggae Messenger” who returns to North America after a five year hiatus.
To celebrate Jamaica’s jubilee of independence in splendor, it is fitting that the unique and multi-talented, Honorable Jimmy Cliff (O.M) will headline this year’s festival. Immortalized by the character Ivanhoe Martin in the 1972 Perry Henzell classic film, The Harder They Come and its hit list soundtrack that included, You Can Get It If You Really Want, Many Rivers To Cross, Sitting In Limbo and the unforgettable title track, The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff also started his musical career in 1962, the year of Jamaica’s independence.
The song Miss Jamaica, was one of Jimmy Cliff’s earliest hits, composed in recognition of Jamaica’s August 6, 1962 independence; and for 50 years since then it has remained closely linked to the lowering of the British flag and presentation of Jamaica’s new colors black green and gold. Jimmy Cliff, whose real name is James Chambers, is currently the only living artist to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honor granted by the government of Jamaica for achievement in the arts and sciences.
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