Jimmy Cliff Sings For Autis­tic Chil­dren

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

VET­ERAN mu­sic pro­ducer Win­ston ‘Niney’ Hol­ness has sought the star power of reg­gae leg­end Jimmy Cliff for his lat­est project aimed at as­sist­ing autis­tic chil­dren.

“Th­ese chil­dren are of­ten mis­un­der­stood and mis­treated. Th­ese are bright, bright kids. They just need help,” Hol­ness told the Ja­maica Ob­server on the week­end.

“I told Jimmy we had to do some­thing and he agreed. So what we de­cided to do is to record a sin­gle called Child Abuse. We want to do­nate the pro­ceeds of this record to Jimmy Cliff’s foun­da­tion and then to the autis­tic school.”

Writ­ten by Hol­ness with Cliff on vo­cals, Child Abuse also fea­tures the tal­ent of Rid­dim Twins Sly Dun­bar and Rob­bie Shakespare as well as bassist Er­rol ‘Flabba Holt’ Carter.

Autism is a men­tal con­di­tion, present from early child­hood, characterised by dif­fi­culty in com­mu­ni­cat­ing and form­ing re­la­tion­ships with other peo­ple and in us­ing lan­guage and ab­stract con­cepts.

“I have a child that is autis­tic,” said Hol­ness (given name Ge­orge Boswell) who started out as a singer in the 1960s, and had a big Bri­tish hit with Blood and Fire in 1970. He, how­ever, gave up his singing ca­reer dur­ing that pe­riod and launched into pro­duc­tion with the Ob­server la­bel.

In the 1970s, Hol­ness pro­duced the tracks Cas­san­dra, Africa, No More Shall I Roam and West­bound Train for a teenaged singer Den­nis Brown which put him in a po­si­tion re­served only for su­per­stars. Cliff said he was happy to be part of the project.

“Niney is a spir­i­tual man and one of the best pro­duc­ers Ja­maica has and we just connect spir­i­tu­ally be­cause me know him good,” said Cliff.

Iconic reg­gae per­former Jimmy Cliff.

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