Sunday, 10 July 2011

SPOTLIGHT: Mario Evon emerges opening-round victor at the Apollo + It’s now Dr. Usain Bolt to you

DOCTOR SPEED: Adding to his list of prestigious off-the-track accolades (OJ, global ambassador…), the World’s Fastest Man (WFM) has been announced as a recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of West Indies (UWI), joining this year’s elite crop of honorees that also includes Minna Israel and Earl Jarrett. Bolt, Israel and Jarrett are among 20 regional icons who will be named honorary graduands later this year for their contribution to regional advancement at the graduation ceremonies to be held on the UWI's four campuses across the Caribbean beginning on October 15.

Meanwhile, the champ is prepping to stun the world – again – at this summer’s World Athletic Championships in Daegu, South Korea, before turning his focus to the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
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ROUND ONE: Now that we expected any less from him, but last Wednesday night Jamaica’s own Mario Evon topped all contenders to win the opening round of the Amateurs’ Night competition series at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. Seizing the opportunity to give a rendition of the Bob Marley/Lauryn Hill instant-classic “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” embellished with some of his own stylings, Evon clearly struck a chord with the crowd, and this was instrumental in his win. And, as his long-awaited shot at stardom continues, the talented reggae-soul singer will next face the judges and tough audience when the subsequent rounds get underway come July 20.

Watch video highlights of Evon’s performance here.

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