Reggae artiste pens tribute to Bolt
As a tribute to the greatness of Usain Bolt, New York-based reggae recording artiste Beniton the Menace has re-worked the lyrics of the chorus of his song Stay Inna You Lane that was released just over a month ago.
Bolt, who recently celebrated his 30th birthday, won three gold medals for an unprecedented third consecutive occasion, bringing his gold medal haul since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China to nine tied for the most medals won by track and field athlete with American Carl Lewis.
"Usain Bolt is real patriot, very inspirational. His accomplishments give hope to young black youths that believe in their dreams," the entertainer said explaining why he made the changes to his song that has attracted more than 250,000 views and generated more than 3200 shares on Facebook.
Beniton was recently featured on news network ABC, having recorded an official remix of Rihanna's Work. He said Bolt's performance in Rio initiated the changes to the song. The message of the original song is simple.
"Stay Inna You Lane is just telling people to mind their business or focus on you instead of others," said the man who has been on tour with veteran reggae performer Maxi Priest. "It's when Usain Bolt won (100m) gold that I changed the lyrics of the chorus pertaining to the race, uploaded the video clip on Facebook the same night after the win, then it went viral."
For the past few years, Beniton, who is based in Queens, has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the music industry including UB40, Maxi Priest, Kymani Marley, Shaggy, The Wailers, Mary J Blige and Beenie Man among others.
His tour with Maxi Priest has been exposing him to new fans in Australia, Europe and Japan.