Santana, Wyclef, Avicii & More to Sing Official Anthem Of 2014 FIFA World Cup
FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment announce today that the Official Anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is entitled "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)," and features a global superstar line-up including music legend Carlos Santana, Wyclef, Avicii andAlexandre Pires. The Anthem will be released late April and was produced by 2-time Grammy-nominated Ash Pournouri (PRMD Music), Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and Wyclef Jean and recorded at PRMD Studios in Stockholm. "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)" will be performed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony on July 13 at the legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. More information to be announced soon about the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album.
Earlier this year, FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment announced that "We Are One (Ole Ola)," by global superstar Pitbull, featuring global superstar Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian artist Claudia Leitte, was selected as the Official Song of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The song will be performed by Pitbull, together with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, at the FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony on June 12 at the Arena de Sao Paulo.
"Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)" is the brainchild of Arnon Woolfson and Pournouri who began work on the track with Wyclef, Yacoub and Falk earlier this year. Pournouri says, "In Portuguese Dar Um Jeito means to find a way around obstacles and impossibilities. With this track, we wanted to send a message of optimism and opportunity with the music and the words."
Once the track idea was created, Santana, Pires and Avicii each added their own soundto the recording. An international cast of some of the greatest musicians in the world went into the recording; continues Pournouri, "We wanted to create the biggest track in the world for the biggest event in the world."
Carlos Santana says of the project"It is an honor to take part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and have "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)" selected as the Anthem. Along with my brothers, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires, we look forward to performing the song in Rio de Janeiro in July and sharing this message of light and hope on the FIFA World Cup stage."
AddsWyclef Jean, "Despite the fact that I was bornin a place where darknessattimessteals the sunshine,whererainoftenturnsto floods and childrenoftencannotbe found,I have always found a way to singwithjoy.... "Dar um Jeito" is dedicated to allthose searching for the light.knowing that they too,shall soonfind a way."
Comments Avicii, "To write for the official closing anthem of the FIFA World Cup is a huge honour as it's the biggest event I can remember growing up. I gave it a 'Samba meets my dance music' sound which works perfectly for the positive spirit of the song."
Continues Alexandre Pires,"I am extremely happy to have been selected to be part of the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Anthem. I love soccer, and singing in the final with so many important international musicians by my side is a great honor.Besides that, I think that the richness of rhythms from our countries will make the World Cup even more beautiful."
About Santana: For forty years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten GRAMMY Awards and three Latin GRAMMY Awards. He won a record-tying nine GRAMMYs for a single project for 1999's Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Smooth"). He has also received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), and received the Billboard Latin Music Awards' Lifetime Achievement honor (2009). Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has also been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Celebrating the chart debut of Guitar Heaven (Arista) in 2010, Santana joined the ranks of the Rolling Stones as the only musical act in chart history to score at least one Top 10 album in every decade beginning with the 1960s. In 2013, Carlos Santana was the recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award. In spring of 2014, Santana embarks on an 18 show US tour with Rod Stewart as well as announcing stand alone dates for 'The Corazon Tour.' On May 6 th, SANTANA will be releasing his first ever Latin Music album entitled CORAZON on RCA/Sony Latin Iberia, featuring superstar collaborative performances with ChocQuibtown, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Juanes, Ziggy Marley, Miguel,Nina Pastori, Pitbull, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Cindy Blackman Santana, Romeo Santos, Wayne Shorter, Soledad, and Diego Torres.
About Wyclef Jean: Jean isa multi-Grammy Award winner, singer, distinguished songwriter and producer who hassold over 16 million albumsas afounding member ofthelegendary hip-hop group theFugees(Blunted on RealityandTheScore) in the early 90's.Since then, he hasestablished himself asan internationalsolo artist whose impact andexplosiveinfluenceon world musiccontinues to grow.Albums like the two volumes ofThe Carnival(released in 1997 and 2007),The Ecleftic,MasqueradeandThe Preacher's Soncombine conceptual ambition, irresistible grooves and impeccable song-craft.His recent mix-tape EPApril Showers,Toussaint St.Jean: From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion, reconnected Wyclef to hiship-hop roots.His musical touchstones also include R&B, jazz, acoustic folk, reggae,rock & rolland electronicawhilehaving worked withartists as diverse asBeyonce Knowles, Destiny's Child, Carlos Santana, Shakira,Bono, Whitney Houston, Tom Jones,Lil Wayne and Akonwhohavesought him out asbothproducer and collaborator. In addition,hecontinues toventure far beyond the realms of music,as an actor, author and in film scoringwhileutilizinghis statureas anartistand philanthropistto help build a betterworldthrough the Wyclef Jean Foundation ahumanitarian organization.At present, Jeanis currently working on his forthcoming record with Tim Berg a.k.a Avicii,Wyclef Jean:Untitled,which is set for release during 2014.