Sunday, 9 December 2012

NEWS & NOTES: Marley docu soundtrack earns Grammy nod + Bolt lends star power to Human Rights Day campaign

LIFT EVERY VOICE: Setting world records aside, our sprint king Usain Bolt has become known for aligning himself with supremely worthy causes (local and international) that not only allow him to give back to society but also lend his star power to raising awareness on key issues. This month, the ace Jamaican sprinter joins a global lineup of illustrious voices (Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter included) in a new United Nations-commissioned PSA video aimed at drawing attention to human rights and equality, propelled by the rallying slogan, “My voice counts.” It’s a wonderfully multilingual initiative that delivers an all-important message. Human Rights Day 2012 will be observed this Monday, Dec. 10. Take a look at the clip below:

AWARD WORTHY: As we secretly root for it to land a Best Documentary Feature Oscar nomination, we are happy to report that the critically acclaimed Marley documentary’s soundtrack (brimming with classic reggae hits by Bob Marley and the Wailers) has picked up a Grammy nom for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. And it’s in great company, too. The other nominees include such noteworthy releases as The Descendants, The Muppets, Rock of Ages and Midnight In Paris. It’s a tough category, but Marley has a serious shot at taking the award. The winner will be known on Feb. 10, when the 55th Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles.

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