Former cricketer makes musical debut in India
Omari Banks, the former West Indies cricketer and now reggae artiste made his musical debut in India with an enthralling performance in a star-studded event at 1 Lounge, in Pune.
Former teammates Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo made a special appearance at the event, which added to the euphoria.
Apart from 'shaking a leg', the two cricketing stars also officially launched Bank's Reggae Summertime video worldwide.
Taken from his recent album Sunlight, Reggae Summertime is an energising song which not only encapsulates Anguilla, Bank's home island, but also passes a broader message of love and peace like most of his songs.
He said that India, with its astounding diversity of religion, language and culture provided the perfect environment for his reggae music.
"I have fond memories of India, the people have always showed so much love. In many ways this is like a homecoming, great to see old friends and peers. And for those who know me then, they know I constantly travelled with my guitar; so in a way I have completed the full circle today with my performance and world wide premiere of 'Reggae Summertime video'" said Banks.
Banks inherited his musical genes from his father Bankie Banx. He found his musical calling at a young age when he first performed in Milan, Italy to sing alongside his father.
In 2003, Banks became the first Anguillan to play test cricket for the West Indies. He travelled the world for 12 years as a professional athlete, but never lost his passion for music and finally decided to pursue his passion in 2010.