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Jamaican musician Jimmy Cliff is best known for introducing reggae to an international audience.
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As his career continued to advance, Cliff took a break and traveled to Africa, where he found religion: He converted to Islam and renamed himself El Hadj Naïm Bachir. He returned to performing shortly thereafter.
On October 20, 2003, the Jamaican government honored Cliff, awarding him one of the nation's top three honors, the Order of Merit, in recognition of his contributions to the film and music of Jamaica. He is the only living musician to hold this distinction. On March 15, 2010, Cliff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Upon learning of his nomination for the induction, Cliff said, "This is good for Cliff, good for Jamaican music and good for my country."
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