When Tommy Cowan, the host of The Harder They Come’s 50th Anniversary and Jimmy Cliff Tribute Concert, announced that Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and humanitarian Jimmy Cliff would not take the stage as scheduled, attendees, though disappointed, were in agreement that the all-star line-up of performers — Dean Fraser, Naomi Cowan, Carlene Davis, Dwight Richards, Kumar, Tony Rebel, Bounty Killer, Richie Spice, Alaine, and Tarrus Riley — had done the musician’s legacy justice.
The star-studded concert was the cherry on top of an evening that started with an exclusive look at a 40-piece art exhibition honouring the 1972 film’s milestone achievement. The film, set in Jamaica, stars Cliff as Ivan Martin, a young country boy set on breaking into Kingston’s music scene.
The singer’s wife Latifa Chambers was among the scores of notables at the by-invitation-only event held at 10A West King’s House Road — current home to Itopia Herb House and the former home of The Harder They Come co-writer and director Perry Henzell — for the Justine Henzell and Sun Power-led celebration.
Page 2 continues the celebration as we applaud the team for lending further credo to Kingston being the epicentre of culture.