Bolt releases Olympe Rose rhythm - Track features retired footballer Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner
"It's a big deal, a very big d eal," singer Christopher Martin told THE WEEKEND STAR when asked about his friend, Usain Bolt, venturing into music.
Martin is one of five acts featured on the Olympe Rose rhythm, which premiered last evening befittingly at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records restaurant in Kingston. The other artistes are Ding Ding, Munga Honorable, Dexta Daps and retired footballer Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner.
As guests danced away, they also sipped on Bolt's Olympe Rose champagne which was unveiled at the event.
"I was a little anxious going into tonight but I hope people will love the production because it was really a labour of love," Bolt said.
"I don't have a favourite on the rhythm but all of the songs are really good and I can't wait to hear what everyone has to say about it."
The dancehall creation was produced by Bolt's cousin Rajah Nelson, an established producer in his own right, having worked with acts like Tommy Lee Sparta and Quada in his five-year career. It's joyful, summer feel is no coincidence as Nelson shared Bolt, credited as executive producer, was very much involved in the creative process. Plus, it's Usain Bolt, his sprint victory dances have gone down in history just like his world records, naturally the production gets you on your feet.
"When he came to me and said he wanted to go into music I wasn't surprised because he loves music," Nelson said. "When we were in studio he told me what he wanted, he criticises my rhythms all the time and said he didn't want anything slow and wanted something fun for the summer so I automatically knew what his vibe was. A lot of passion went into this project and I am confident that it will hit with the masses."
The night saw lively performances by Munga, Bibi and Christopher, who received resounding 'forwards' and cheers as they toasted their songs on the rhythm.