This past Tuesday, April 8, the official song for the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Brazil was released. The song is called ‘We Are One (Ola Ola)’ and is performed by Pitbull, who has teamed up with Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte.
We can expect to see Pitbull, Lopez and Leitte performing the song at the Opening Ceremony for the World Cup, which will be happening in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Thursday, June 12. Whilst the World Cup is happening in South America, the music video for the track was shot in North America, or the USA, in South Florida. I’m pretty excited to see what they’ve come up with for the video, but alas, we’ll have to wait a little longer, as it’s only set to debut in a month’s time on the May 12, a month before the Opening Ceremony.
So, I’m sure you’re dying to know what to expect from the track. Well, it’s kind of typical Pitbull (let’s face it – although he has punchy songs, when it comes to his sound, he’s pretty much a one trick pony). The song has got a bit of a beachy flavour (perfect for Rio), followed by a pumpy, marching beat, while accompanied by a whistling melody and stadium chants. FIFA’s official song for Rio is started off by Pitbull, who is then joined by Jenny from the Block (Lopez), and then Leitte, who is one of Brazil’s most popular singers, comes in. Whilst the majority of the song is in English, there is a little Portugese thrown in for good measure.
Will the chorus stand up to that of our 2010 ‘Waka Waka’ by Shakira?
Nope. I think the chorus for ‘We Are One (Ola Ola)’, which goes “Show the world where you’re from, show the world we are one,” has a bit of an amateur feeling to it, almost as if it were recorded separately from the rest of the song in someone’s garage.
There is a full official FIFA album for 2014 Brazillian Soccer World Cup, which features a host of artists, including Ricky Martin, Magic!, and the Baha Men. Also on the album is Carlos Santana, who teams up with Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires for the song ‘Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)’, another official anthem – and this one will be performed live at the Closing Ceremony on July 13.
It’s almost time for Brazil to shine and here’s hoping they make it a huge success (…just as long as they aren’t as successful as we were in 2010!)
But for now, let’s focus on our local artists who’ll be shining this weekend:
On Friday, April 11, Robin Auld comes to the Alma Café, 20 Alma Rd, Rosebank. Auld is recently back from the UK, where he moved for a few years, and will be performing from 7.30pm. For more information, call 021 685 7377.
Saturday, April 12, will see my favourite Afrikaans group, Die Heuwels Fantasties, perform as part of the Garden Theatre Picnic Series at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument in Paarl. The gig starts at 7pm and entrance is R120 for adults and R40 for children under 13. For more details, send an email to email@example.com. Don’t forget to pack a picnic.
Lastly, on Sunday, April 6, indie rock band Reburn will be revisiting the stage at Nitida Wine Farm. The performance will be accompanied by Simon Attwell (from Freshlyground); stand-up comedian, Brendan Murray; and the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band. The show starts at 5pm and tickets are R155 each. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.