As the Jamaican community in both yaad and abroad basks in the glow of Jamaica’s record 12-medal haul at the just-concluded London 2012 Olympic Games, one Jamaican artiste has extra reason to celebrate Team Jamaica. Singer Nando Griffiths, whose song Team Jamaica (Light the Torch) served as the unofficial anthem for Team Jamaica in the weeks leading up to and during the games is overwhelmed not only by the achievements of the Jamaican team to the games but also by the reception that his Team Jamaica song received during this period.
Light the Torch was embraced by not only the Jamaican media and fans in yaad and abroad but also by the athletes themselves. Olympic gold medalists Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Yohan Blake both registered their fondness for the song over social media. Radio programs in yaad and abroad “tun up” Light the Torch especially during the Olympics. The song was used by certain diaspora media to build a vibes amongst their Jamaican audience abroad that was starved of quality coverage of Jamaica’s participation in the Games. In New York for example, Irie Jam - led by Dubmaster Chris, DJ Roy, and Irwine Clare - beat out Light the Torch worse than how Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake beat up on the still-recovering Justin Gatlin to keep Jamaican fans, many of whom were frustrated by NBC's delayed coverage of the Games on TV, excited about Jamaica's participation in the Games.
The strong reception to Team Jamaica also helped Nando to secure a featured-performer spot on the Jamaican 50th Independence Gala in New York, where he gave a solid performance before an audience that included Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller. The Olympic frenzy may be subsiding, but Nando is not fazed as he is no one-hit wonder. He has two songs - My Everything and Ride All Night -- that recently entered the top 10 of the Jamaica Top 25 countdown and he is getting ready to launch his debut album Yaad and Abroad in a couple weeks. While Team Jamaica may have lit the torch for Nando’s career, Nando is confident that the other songs on Yaad and Abroad will keep the fire blazing.