Jimmy Cliff c 1980


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Reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff performing in about 1980 before an audience of about 20,000+ black reggae fans at Orlando Soccer Stadium, Soweto, and about a dozen whities. His backing band were mostly The Wailers — as I recall: Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, playing bass and wearing an ironic pith helmet; Carlton Barret on drums and percussion; and Tyrone Downie on keyboards. This was before the cultural boycott of Sefrika really got going. and Cliff was one of the few black international black stars to tour the apartheid laager — most of the others being has-been soul artists. Later, according to Wiki: ‘… in 1985, Cliff contributed to the song “Sun City”, a protest song written and composed by Steven Van Zandt and recorded by Artists United Against Apartheid to convey opposition to the South African policy of apartheid.’ He had been there, so he knew…

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Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.


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