Wet weather doesn’t dampen spirits

Jimmy Cliff and band in action at the Global Beats and Eats festival last Saturday night.
Jimmy Cliff and band in action at the Global Beats and Eats festival last Saturday night.

The free City of Wanneroo concert in Girrawheen on Saturday night was the first time the reggae legend, famous for his rendition of the Johnny Nash song I Can See Clearly Now, had played in wet weather in Australia.

�It rained and they weren�t leaving,� he said of the audience to the Weekender after the Girrawheen gig.

�They were just there enjoying it and that brought my energy up even more; so I thoroughly enjoyed it. But one incredible thing is when I started singing I Can See Clearly Now, the rain stopped. That was amazing and then it came back down later.�

Cliff was the headline act, with more than 5000 people making their way to Liddell Park for the City�s annual Global Beats and Eats festival.

Chilean pan pipe band Huaria, five-piece brass and beats band The Brow, and the Nueva Salsa Orchestra entertained from 4pm, while Chinese lion dancers, African drummers and samba dancers roamed. Food included Vietnamese French fusion baguettes, Dutch pancakes, French crepes, Latino nachos and Colombian empanadas.