Bolt, you’re great, don’t come back – how’s the music thing coming?

By Melissa Talbert July 15, 2020

Sprint sensation Usain Bolt told Variety Magazine he’d consider coming back to the track, but there are other endeavours I would like to see the great sprinter explore. He has nothing more to prove on the track.

When Bolt made an appearance on OnStage to promote the ‘riddim’ he produced for his Champagne’s campaign, Wilford Williams, the host, asked the record holder why he got into music.

“I was always into music. Music has always been a part of my life throughout my career of track and field. But with the music thing enuh, it’s not easy to deal with these artistes; it’s not really an easy thing,” said Bolt.

Bolt continued to say that he’ll wait to see how well the riddim does before seeing if putting effort and time into music is worth it. But music is always worth it.

I only knew Tivoli Gardens as a political garrison, until I learned about Passa Passa. On Wednesday nights. Thousands of people would gather in the streets of West Kingston to dance and listen to music played by the sound system.

An article titled, ‘Happy Birthday Passa Passa!’ gave me a sense of how powerful music, like sports, can be in uniting people. Two selectors (Djs) from the sound system Swatch International were featured in the article— Nico Skill and Maestro.

Nicholas “Nico Skill” Smith explained how music reduced violence in the area.

“Before Passa Passa, there was crazy war going on in Kingston, in the Denham Town, Tivoli area and all these places. Every minute, we had something flare up. But since Passa Passa came about, we’ve been playing and it’s been drawing such a huge crowd, the violence in the community is no more. Communities have been fighting, but not in the Tivoli area,” said Nico Skill.

Carl “Maestro” Shelley co-signed Nico’s opinions.

“Jamaica was on the verge of a dancehall breakdown. Fun and unity had deteriorated. Different people from different areas, different communities that shared different political views, did not cooperate. We introduced Passa Passa and it became a way of unifying the garrisons, the communities that make up Jamaica’s inner city.”

Music (however it’s delivered) can bring out the good in people and places. Making it worthwhile.

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