Tuesday, 14 July 2020

THE E-BUZZ: Bolt’s baby joy / Studio time with Stephen McGregor / Shaggy’s irie Christmas gift

>> Our sweet ‘Olympia’: Usain and Kasi reveal their daughter’s name 
The world is already in love with her. Proud parents Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett have posted new Instagram pics of their precious baby girl, as they finally revealed her given name: Olympia Lightning Bolt. In a heartfelt message to his daughter, Bolt expressed his endless affection for her while vowing to be the best possible dad he can be. Olympia came into the world on May 17 and is the first child for the retired sprinting legend and his leading lady. 

>> Hit Maker: New collabs help producer Stephen McGregor hone his creative skills  
Super-producer Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor continues to impressively expand his résumé, working with some of the biggest names in international music, most recently EGOT honoree John Legend, who recently dropped his latest album, Bigger Love, featuring two songs (the title track and “Don’t Walk Away” with Koffee) crafted by McGregor. “It’s an honour to be a part of such an amazing body of work, and it really just affirms that as a musician/producer you should never box yourself into a creative genre and just focus on being creative,” he said in a recent interview. “This makes it easier for us to blend cultures and keep the music fun.” 

>> A Jamrock Xmas: Shaggy wants holiday album to capture the Jamaican spirit 
“I don’t want no icy Christmas. The only ice I want is in my cup with some rum.” That’s a lyric from Shaggy’s in-the-works Christmas album, which promises to showcase what it truly means to enjoy the holidays ah yard. “It’s about creating a Caribbean-style Christmas vibe because the only Christmas I know is in Jamaica,” he noted in a recent interview. “If you’ve ever been to Jamaica at Christmas, it’s the most fun you can have.” Shaggy, who won the 2019 Best Reggae Album Grammy for 44/876 (with Sting), says fans will indeed appreciate how the music authentically reflects the island experience he so cherishes. “I’m from a culture where there’s beach, rum and weed,” he says. “I don’t see why Christmas should be any different.”

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