Jimmy Cliff, the new voice of VW

Reggae icon Jimmy Cliff.
Reggae icon Jimmy Cliff.

KINGSTON — Volkswagen is adding some Jamaican star power to its latest global marketing campaign.

The German automaker has a commercial featuring reggae icon Jimmy Cliff which is set to air during Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.

Cliff, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and star of the 1972 cult film classic The Harder They Come, performs a cover of The Partridge Family’s C’mon, Get Happy.

The commercial lasts one minute, 40 seconds.

The Super Bowl ads are the most watched in the United States for the year with advertisers paying as much as US$3.5 million for a 30-second spot.


“It’s just fantastic,” said Stephen Hector – global PR director for Sandals Resort International/ATL Group, which distributes Volkswagen in Jamaica through its ATL Automotive dealership.

“It is a great opportunity for Jamaica, Jimmy Cliff, and the Volkswagen brand,” he continued.

The global PR director said given Super Bowl’s wide television appeal, over 90 million people could see the commercial.

“The magnitude of using a Jamaican artiste is absolutely unbelievable as what it does for brand Jamaica is huge. It also evokes national pride as well,” he told Jamaica Observer.

Cliff, 64 – the only living Jamaican musician to hold the Order of Merit – is experiencing a career comeback. His latest album Rebirth, was given the thumbs-up by major American publications like Rolling Stone magazine. (Observer)

One Response to Jimmy Cliff, the new voice of VW

  1. Shirley C. Lewis January 31, 2013 at 9:31 am

    It is great news to hear that Jimmy is holding his own in his chosen profession. I grew up listening to his music on my neighbour’s stereo and was motivated to achieve success, despite all obstacles. Congrats, Jimmy!


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