Cricket Served as an Escape for Me, Reveals Jamaican Cricketer Chris Gayle

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Cricket Served as an Escape for Me, Reveals Jamaican Cricketer Chris Gayle

Presenting the Icon of Calypso Cricket: Christopher Henry Gayle, AKA The Universe Boss, The Gaylestorm – All You Need to Know!

Breaking Traditions: West Indies Miss Cricket World Cup, but Chris Gayle, the ‘Universe Boss,’ Keeps the Calypso Spirit Alive

In an unprecedented turn of events, the West Indies are absent from the Cricket World Cup, leaving a void of swagger and music that characterized the era of legends like Viv Richards, Brian Lara, and Chris Gayle. Fear not, for we have you covered, bringing you the epitome of calypso cricket in recent years: Christopher Henry Gayle, aka The Universe Boss, The Gaylestorm!

Chris Gayle stands as one of the most formidable and destructive batsmen in the realm of Twenty20 cricket. Beyond his cricketing prowess, he embarked on a music career in November 2020, releasing a dancehall music video, ‘We Come Out To Party.’ In April 2021, he collaborated with Indian rapper Emiway Bantai on the music video ‘Jamaica to India.’ More recently, he unveiled his latest album, ‘Tropical House — Cruises to Jamaica,’ submitted to the Grammy Awards 2024 under the world music and reggae categories. Notably, Chris features in the song ‘Gimme Your Love’ with singer Shav A on the album. The album aims to introduce and celebrate Jamaican culture in India and across Asia.

Join us as we catch up with this formidable cricketer who has his sights set on the Grammys, ensuring that the spirit of calypso lives on.

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Calypso in Cricket: The Chris Gayle Journey

Q: You’ve brought the spirit of calypso to cricket, whether through your bowling or batting. Has this always been your approach to the game?

A: Absolutely. My cricket journey began at the Lucas Cricket Club in Kingston, Jamaica. Coming from a humble background, cricket was my escape, and I cherished every moment. I transitioned from playing for fun to becoming a devoted student of the game.

Q: How did you earn the title of the world’s biggest six-hitter?

A: During my teenage years, I played for neighborhood teams to support my family. I disliked running between the wickets, so I started focusing on hitting sixes. I gained the title of the biggest six-hitter globally when I set the record for the most sixes in international cricket.

Q: RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) days were known for fun. Who were your favorite party companions?

A: Virat Kohli and I shared some memorable moments. Virat’s exceptional mental strength, which is crucial in cricket, was motivating for me and the entire team.

Q: What are India’s chances of winning the World Cup?

A: With India’s home-ground advantage and a strong batting and bowling lineup, I believe they are strong contenders for the finals.

Q: Shifting gears to music, have you always been passionate about it, and how did your latest album come about?

A: I’ve been a long-time fan of reggae and dancehall music. It was during the pandemic that I ventured into music, starting with a collaboration with UK-based artist Stylo G. This journey led to the establishment of my own label, Triple Century Records, and the creation of a studio in my house. The idea for the ‘Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica: The Asian Edition’ album arose when the Jamaican Billboard producer Contractor Music approached me to headline an album for the Asian market, featuring Grammy winner Lauryn Hill.

Q: How many tracks did you contribute to the album?

A: As the album’s headliner, I’m featured on two tracks: the ‘Choco Loco Remix’ with Camar Flava and ‘Gimme Your Love’ with Shav A.

Q: How did your musical journey begin?

A: My musical journey started when UK-based artist Stylo G invited me to contribute a verse to one of his songs. Upon hearing my voice on the track, I was hooked!

Q: We’ve heard that this album might contend at the Grammys in 2024.

A: Yes, the album is in the running for the 2024 Grammy Awards in the ‘Best Reggae Album’ category. Alongside established reggae artists, the album features talented newcomers like Kali Ranks, Lady Marga Mc, Inoah, and emerging Jamaican producers like Makonnen Blake Hannah.

Q: Tell us about your song ‘Gimme Your Love’ and the collaboration with Shav A.

A: ‘Gimme Your Love’ is a heartfelt love song featuring the young and talented singer Shav A, based in New York.

Q: Your focus on being a global ambassador for Jamaican culture is impressive. How has your work, particularly this album’s popularity in Asia, impacted your role as a cultural ambassador to India?

A: The growing success of this album and its outreach to Asia have led to an invitation from the Jamaican Government. They’ve asked me to assume the role of a cultural ambassador to India, aimed at enhancing tourism and fostering the appreciation of Jamaican culture in India.

Reference:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2023/oct/17/cricket-for-me-was-an-escape-says-jamaican-cricketerchris-gayle-2624626.html

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