HARDER THEY COME inspired JIMMY CLIFF Ivan Martin ringer
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The Harder They Come Wasn't just Jamaica's first feature length film, but a high water mark for music cinema across the world. Sure, the patois is tough for most to follow without subtitles, but that only enhances the film;s nuances and ensures it's authenticity. Brutal in it's retelling of Jamaica's folklore hero, original Rude Boy - Rhyging Vincent Ivanhoe Martin as reggae singer striving for fame and achieving notoriety. But it is The Harder They Come's soundtrack that stands comparison to any. Not just showcasing the film's star, Jimmy Cliff, but bringing Desmond Dekker, Toots & the Maytals, The Slickers, The Melodians and Scotty to a world that to this point hadn't even sent Bob Marley into the mainstream.