Usain Bolt is hoping he will show people he’s more than just a sprinter after releasing a reggae album.
The fastest man in history set another record, this time conceived in combination with Nugent “NJ Walker, his childhood friend and manager, and lasting 41 minutes and 44 seconds.
Containing fourteen tracks, including “IT’S A PARTY,” the now retired athlete said he wanted the best in everything he did.
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âI had been talking about making an album for three years, then the pandemic started and I had a lot of free time.
“Everyone knows me as a track athlete and I wanted to show people that I can make music too.”
Bolt also had a post-athletics relationship with professional football, landing a contract with the Central Coast Mariners in Australia.
The 35-year-old also suggested he was considering switching to American football at the height of his sprinting career, despite being known to be an admirer of cricket, another of his country’s passions.
Reggae originated in Bolt’s native Jamaica in the late 1960s, developed by music greats such as Toots and the Maytals and Bob Marley and the Wailers.
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âObviously you hear Bob Marley all over Jamaica,â he says. âGrowing up, families would get together and listen to old-school Jamaican music like Beres Hammond and Bunny Wailer. I’ve grown up with old-school reggae since I was eight or nine.
“Now I want to win a Grammy.”
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