Three New York-based reggae artists and a number of entertainment music professionals pooled their resources to create a tribute song to celebrate the astonishing prowess and the accomplishments of Jamaican athletes worldwide. The song called “Black, Gold & Green (To The World)” is a catchy, addictive and patriotic gem that was written and performed by Sheila Hylton, formerly of Island Records along with Elvis D and Lushy Banton, both high-powered reggae artists in the New York tri-state region.
The song is also a salute to Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), a US-based Jamaican organization that has been at the forefront of the efforts to accommodate, feed and transport the thousands of Jamaican athletes who have come to the Penn Relays over the years.
“Black, Gold & Green (To The World)” began with the undeniable fact that Jamaicans have become the best track & field athletes in the world. This fact was highlighted repeatedly at the Olympic Games in Beijing and at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Berlin. The recently concluded Boys & Girls Championship in Kingston generated a fresh wave of amazement for our athletes, and with Penn Relays and the Adidas Grand Prix around the corner here in the United States, media marketers Dave Rodney and Anthony Turner decided that the time was right to create such a song. They approached Sheila, Elvis D and Lushy about recording the song, and the response from the artists was so profoundly passionate that in less than twenty-four hours, with the help of Ancil Cox who created the beat, the song was written and recorded. The following day it was mixed by New York music legend Phillip Smart.
The video clip for “Black, Gold & Green” will premiere this Friday at a TJB press conference at Luntey Commons Room at the Long Island University Campus in Brooklyn, NY and the artists will perform the song at the VIP after party for Penn Relays in the TJB Tent, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 24.