Musical send-off planned for Bolt
As the country gets ready to bid farewell to track and field legend Usain Bolt, Digicel has announced that it will be paying homage to the athletic superstar with a huge musical celebration.
Following Bolt's final run on home soil today, the National Stadium is expected to come alive as entertainers such as Ding Dong, I-Octane, Tifa and Beenie Man are set to ignite the stage.
According to Andrew Brown, sponsorship manager at Digicel, the telecommunications company decided to partner with J. Wray & Nephew for the historic occasion and promises fans an amazing show. He explained Bolt's love for music made it easy for them to decide on a full-on entertainment show to accompany the track meet.
"Like many Jamaicans, Usain Bolt has always demonstrated a love for our music and creative dance forms. He's the guy that helped put some of Jamaica's popular dances on the world stage, and so we wanted to host a celebration and send-off that would fit this other side of him," he said.
"Bolt is not just a sport icon, he is a cultural ambassador. And we couldn't do anything less to pay tribute to him and all he has done for Jamaica."
Brown also said that when the artistes booked for the event were approached, they were more than happy to be part of the event.
"The performers slated for the show definitely feel honoured to be part of this celebration for Bolt. In fact, based on what we're seeing in the rehearsals, all the artistes will be bringing their A-game. So, everyone is in for an amazing show," he said.
"We plan to make it a night to remember. In addition to a superb line-up featuring top acts like Beenie Man, I-Octane, Ding Dong and Tifa, the L'Acadco Dancers will showcase a special treat, and we will have a host of other engaging and entertaining activities for the memorable night."
Ding Dong, one of the acts scheduled to perform at Saturday's event, described Bolt as one of a kind, and expressed that the legendary athlete deserves nothing short of a spectacular send-off. He said he was looking forward to adding to the moment, and hopes Jamaicans will continue to honour Bolt and talk about him long after his retirement from athletics.