As the 2014 World Cup gets underway in Brazil, Nigeria’s leading musicians will, courtesy of Globacom, be singing for the triumph of the Super Eagles at the soccer fiesta.
Gifted rapper MI, Flavour, Omawumi, Waje Wande Coal, Naeto C, Chee the Voice and Ego, all Glo ambassadors, were assembled by the company to produce three theme songs to mobilise support for the Nigerian team and fire the players to victory at the Mundial.
The songs are ‘Power to Win’, by Flavour and MI; ‘Raise Your Voice’, anchored by the Glo All Stars, as well as a medley of popular Nigerian Supporters’ Club chants which Nigerians are enthusiastically downloading as ring back tunes.
The refrain no lele, no yawa in ‘Raise Your Voice’ which in popular Nigerian Pidgin English means “no worries” is resonating with Nigerians who love the re-assuring words in the song.
The lyrics says amongst others, that “we would raise our flag, we would shine our eyes, we would raise our voice and defend our name. No dulling Naija!” Waje, Omawumi and Chee combined with other A list Glo ambassadors to encourage Nigerians to join their voices to support the Super Eagles’ World Cup campaign.
The Supporters’ Club chant is a medley of folklore and religious songs in the three major Nigerian languages of Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba. These songs are prayers to God, meant to serve as rallying appeal to Nigerians to support the Super Eagles with prayers and positive comments. Indeed, the ‘Raise Your Voice’ song seeks to achieve this by catching the attention of all.
The Supporters’ Club chants begin with a call for fair officiating in Yoruba language, urging the referee to be impartial. All the Yoruba songs were anchored by Wande Coal.
The Igbo choruses, led by Flavour and Naeto C, have great danceable instrumentations that create a picture of football action on the field of play in the peoples’ minds when the song is played. The beats also elicit interminable thirst and hunger for victory for the Super Eagles each time they take to the field during the World Cup matches.
Choruses rendered in Hausa were anchored by Bez Idakula who hails from Nasarawa State. With the other ambassadors backing him up, he sang the universal Ole, Ole! a celebratory chorus that inspires teams to victory.
Globacom said the essence of the songs is to create the belief in the Super Eagles and Nigerians that with hard work, dedication and the support of 160 million passionate Nigerians, the team can excel in Brazil.