Usain Bolt Reveals How Reggae Legend Bob Marley Inspired Him to Pursue Music

Published 09/06/2021, 12:05 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


After his legendary performances on the track, Usain Bolt has entered the music industry to showcase his array of talents. Having won eight Olympic gold medals and with three world records to his name, Bolt is a living legend. Now, he debuts his new album ‘Country Yutes’ which is getting an incredible reception amongst music lovers. Moreover, sharing the same roots with music legend Bob Marley, the athlete’s passion for music is untouchable. Likewise, he sat down in an interview to speak about the inspiration that led him to create his album.

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Usain Bolt opens up on Reggae music

The legendary sprinter sat down with ‘FADER’ to speak about his inspirations in the field of music.

“To me definitely, Bob Marley stood out because I remember a young age, anywhere I went, people always knew Bob Marley, no matter where in the world I went, as long as you were playing Bob Marley music, and that’s something that has always put a smile on my face. I was like yeah, it’s good to have good music that people know, everywhere you go. Bunny Wailer. All these guys. Buju Banton.”

“Those are the guys at an early age that inspired me because I could go anywhere and hear their music. And then I started growing up on Baby Cham, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, all these guys. And that was when I really started getting into music more and more,” said Bolt.

Marley, Wailer, and Banton are considered the godfathers of Reggae music; which originated in Jamaica in the 1960s. Bolt’s new album leads the charts on different platforms, around the world.

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Country Yutes stays on top

The album is on top of the iTunes Reggae charts and doesn’t seem likely to come down anytime soon. After teaming up with Nugent ‘NJ’ Walker, Bolt released a set of songs that embodies his spirit.

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‘Living the Dream’, ‘It’s a Party’, and ‘Timing’ are soaring up the music charts. The album consists of 14 tracks with different artists collaborating on some of them.

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Even though his career on the track has ended, Bolt continues to grow in stature diversifying his portfolio with everything he touches.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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