Cliff, Renegade Steel For WOMAD Performance

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Nov. 29, 2005: Jamaican-born reggae icon, Jimmy Cliff, along with Trinidad & Tobago’s Renegades Steel Orchestra, are the lone two Caribbean acts slated to perform at the annual World of Music, Arts and Dance fest set for Adelaide next March.

WOMAD will be held from March 10-12 at the Botanic Garden in Adelaide, Australia and will feature other top world performers including Ba Cissoko of Guinea and the Black Grace Dance Company of New Zealand.

Cliff is widely known for songs like ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want It’, ‘The Harder They Come’ and ‘Many Rivers To Cross,’ and for his role in the 1970’s movie, ‘The Harder They Come.’ And he’s recorded 22 albums.

The Renegades Steel Orchestra has performed for Nelson Mandela at his post-release celebrations; at New York’s Yankee Stadium and picked up 16 National Panorama titles since the mid-1980s under the direction of veteran arranger Jit Samaroo. They were founded around 1945, and are reportedly one of the oldest surviving steelbands in Trinidad and Tobago.

WOMAD was originally inspired by Peter Gabriel and the first WOMAD festival was held in 1982 in Shepton Mallett, England. –