Last month Jimmy Cliff announced details of the Sacred Fire EP, his first offering of new music in seven years. To promote its release (out today), the renowned Jamaican reggae artist took to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night and delivered a captivating, energy-filled performance, backed, of course, by Fallon’s house band The Roots.
For the televised Fallon broadcast, Cliff and The Roots teamed up to perform Cliff’s classic song “The Harder They Come,” from the 1972 film of the same name. Cliff, for his part, performed with plenty of passion and soul: Decked out in a reflective silver jacket and equally shiny pants, he demonstrated serious vocal strength for a man in his sixties and danced exuberantly to The Roots’ tight, elastic reggae groove.
As an Internet-only exclusive, Cliff and The Roots additionally performed “World Upside Down,” culled from the vinyl edition of the singer’s new EP.
Check out both performances for yourself below:
“The Harder They Come”:
“World Upside Down”: