Tribute from a superstar singer to a superstar athlete: Ziggy Marley writes about Bolt in Time Magazine

Tribute from a superstar singer to a superstar athlete: Ziggy Marley writes about Bolt in Time Magazine

Superstar athlete, Usain St. Leo Bot, made headlines around the globe this week when he was named among the Top 100 Most Influential people in the World by the highly respected Time Magazine.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 100m final at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, in August 2015

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men’s 100m final at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, in August 2015

What made this more special, however, is that Time Magazine invited Grammy winning musician/singer Ziggy Marley, son of reggae icon, Bob Marley, to pen the tribute to Bolt.

And Ziggy’s piece in which he called Usain Bolt a “unifying force” and pointed out the similarities between Usain and his own father, Bob Marley, was simply brilliant!

Please read below:


Usain Bolt
By Ziggy Marley

A unifier on the track

“Usain Bolt is a light. There are a lot of things in Jamaica—and the world—that cause separation: politics, inequality, crime. But an entire generation can look up to Usain. He’s a unifying force.

I see many similarities between Usain and my father. They both grew up in very modest circumstances and went on to make positive change on the world stage. Usain makes music on the track; he runs with great joy, with passion and with soul. He has that smile, that Jamaican flair. It’s a swagger and confidence that we all really enjoy. A lot of people who get to that superstar level pretend to be somebody else. I think that’s the thing I like most about Usain. He’s real. He’s not putting on a facade.

This summer in Rio, Usain will most likely run his last Olympic race. I’m confident that afterward, he will continue to take all that he has learned, both on and off the track, and pass it along to others. He’s a strong leader, and he’ll continue to be an inspiration. That’s the most important thing you can be.”

At the end of the piece, Time magazine wrote: “Marley is a Grammy Award–winning reggae artist.”


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