News

Jimmy Cliff: Caribbean Journal’s Artist of the Year for 2012

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - December 31, 2012

Above: Jimmy Cliff

Caribbean Journal is proud to name Jimmy Cliff as our 2012 Artist of the Year.

The award is a testament to Cliff’s enduring talent and his work on the recently-released Rebirth — in our opinion, the best reggae album of 2012.

But while it had been seven years since his previous album, Rebirth was not a return to form — to call it so would be disrespectful — rather, it was a reminder of why Cliff remains one of the legends of reggae music.

It was also a tribute to producer Tim Armstrong, one of the stars of the punk genre, who helped make Rebirth sound not like a new album, but a lost, decades-old album, somehow unearthed and dusted off in modern-day Jamaica.

But what truly brought Rebirth to the musical forefront this year was that it reminded us of something else: the message of reggae, and the ability of the genre to transcend mere musical notes.

As Cliff told Caribbean Journal in an interview earlier this year, “the main message is about reggae music reminding people of a music form that came on the came on the scene 40 years ago and made a big impact — the message that it carried was social and political.”

From the upbeat Reggae Music to the soulful Children’s Bread, it’s why we all listen to roots reggae — and why those of us who don’t — or have wandered astray — should.

Congratulations to you, Jimmy. And thanks for the reminder.

— CJ

Popular Posts cape santa maria

The Best Caribbean Beach Resort You’ve Never Heard of 

There’s a boat just offshore called “Escape.”  It’s bobbing in some of the most brilliant, dynamic turquoise water I’ve ever seen, a few meters from a stretch of sand so bright and so white you have to squint to look […]


Marriott Is Opening Its New St Regis Resort In Aruba 

aruba st regis inside the restaurant with chairs

It was more than a decade ago that Marriott opened its first-ever Ritz-Carlton resort in the Dutch Caribbean: the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, which at the time was the island’s first true five-star resort.  Fast forward to 2024, and Marriott is set […]


From All-Inclusive Resorts to Beaches, Travelers Are Falling in Love With Antigua and Barbuda

antigua barbuda frontier airlines the peninsula with sand

The plunge-pool villas at Hammock Cove. The historic streets of Nelson’s Dockyard. Pool days at Sheer Rocks. Unforgettable honeymoons. Vibrant meals of pepperpot and fungee. Beach bar hopping on the south coast. Endless serenity in Barbuda.  Travelers keep flocking to […]


Related Posts beach with palm trees at new wyndham

Wyndham Just Added New All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica

Marriott. Hyatt. Hilton. The biggest names in travel have all been making major moves in the all-inclusive space in the Caribbean, as travelers continue to demand the concept in their vacations.  You can add Wyndham to that list.  The travel […]


In Jamaica, the Travel Boom Continues 

ian fleming villa with beach and green trees

A tourism renaissance that began largely in the summer of 2021 in Jamaica is showing no signs of abating. That’s what the latest numbers show about the high-profile Caribbean destination.  So faro this year, Jamaica has welcomed 1.7 million visitors, […]


This Major Jamaica Resort Has Been Sold

holiday inn

A major resort in Jamaica’s tourism hub of Montego Bay has been sold, Caribbean Journal Invest has learned.  The resort is set on a prime stretch of beachfront in the heart of Montego Bay.  So what’s on the move?  The […]


SUBSCRIBE!

Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.


No. Thank You