Jimmy Cliff is returning to music with a new single and album.
The reggae legend has teamed up with Wyclef Jean for the new track ‘Refugees’, which was released on Friday (29.07.22).
The new song is the title track for Jimmy’s first album for over a decade which will be released on August 12.
With both a Dance Version and Rap Version, ‘Refugees’ captures the spirit of Jimmy’s classic output with a hip-hop twist courtesy of Fugees co-founder Wyclef Jean.
The son continues the creative connection between the pair after Wyclef inducted Jimmy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
Jimmy, 77, said of the new track: “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.”
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’, ‘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.”
The ‘Refugees’ album has 13 tracks and the song ‘Racism’ features an emotional collaboration with his daughter Lilty Cliff.
1. Money Love
2. Here I Am
3. Refugees (Rap Version) feat. Wyclef Jean
5. One Song
6. My Love Song
7. Moving On
8. We Want Justice feat. Dwight Richards
9. Racism feat. Lilty Cliff
12. Happy Day
13. Refugees (Dance Version) feat. Wyclef Jean