Full ‘Blass’ for Rio

Full ‘Blass’ for Rio

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor Auto and Entertainment

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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HAVING dabbled in rugby and athletics while attending Bridgeport High, fast-rising singjay Blass said he’s aware of the importance of home support.

Therefore, he felt it was apt to pen the ode We Are Winners for the Jamaican contingent ahead of the summer Olympics in Rio.

"With Usain Bolt announcing his impending retirement and what could be the final performances for many of Jamaica’s top athletes, I feel the song is quite fitting. The song celebrates the winning ways of Bolt, Warren Weir, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Yohan Blake, and Asafa Powell while heaping praises on those who paved the way, like Merlene Ottey, for the present crop of talent," Blass, 34, told the Jamaica Observer.

Released yesterday, We Are Winners is on the D Phil Productions imprint. It is available digitally and distributed by Zojak World Wide.

"This will be the official Olympic song for Jamaica," he said.

The Olympic Games is scheduled for Brazil on August 5 to 21. Bolt, 29, is the current record holder to the Olympic 100m and 200m, which he first won in 2008. Blass said he’s also racking up studio time on a seven-track EP entitled Average is Overrated due in October.

"The EP will include The Phone Call, featuring Guyana soca queen Nesta, that is coming out in July; Eyes on Me, and Wine Gyal," he said.

According to him, the latter, released in March on the Kenya-based Rebel Liberation Records, is doing well in that neck of the woods.

"The video was released in Africa and is doing pretty well on MTV Africa and all African TV stations," he said.

Born in Kingston, Blass (whose given name is Omari Thompson) came of age in the dormitory community of Portmore in St Catherine.

He got his musical break with Money That They See Gonna Change Dem Eye in 2000 with fledgling dancehall sextet Cellblock. The group disbanded after the death of a member and the outfit morphed into the duo Slash & Blass. They recorded Gal Know Fi Wine in 2003.

Blass’s other songs include Just My Love and Hustlers’ Anthem (featuring Propheca Crew).

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