Gloucester Avenue in MoBay to be renamed Jimmy Cliff Boulevard
The popular Gloucester Avenue, widely known as the ‘Hip Strip’ in Montego Bay, St James, is to be renamed in honour of reggae great, Jimmy Cliff, on Thursday afternoon.
The St James Municipal Corporation is to host a civic ceremony in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, to rename the strip the Jimmy Cliff Boulevard.
Jimmy Cliff has been an ambassador of Jamaica’s music and culture for upwards of four decades, and is one of only two living Jamaican artistes to hold the national honour of the Order of Merit – the other being Bunny Wailer. The Order of Merit is the highest honour a proponent of the arts and sciences is normally awarded by the Government.
Cliff is a household name in music around the globe, and has starred in perhaps the most successful Jamaican movie, ‘The Harder They Come’.
His musical single of the same name is one of his biggest hits, along with the celebrated, ‘Many Rivers to Cross’.
The singles ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’, ‘Teach The Youths Right’, ‘Reggae Night’, ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want It’ and ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ are just a few others of his vast catalogue of hits.
In 2010, Cliff, whose real name is James Chambers, and who hails from Somerton in St James, was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame.
After the renaming ceremony on Thursday afternoon, there will be a concert featuring Tessanne Chin, Dean Fraser, Richie Spice, Karen Smith, Dwight Richards and others.