In less than 3 weeks, the world will gather together to celebrate the finest teams playing the beautiful game.
Now, isn’t that line a bit too much like Hunger Games?
Oh well, the FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14 in Russia. As the tradition goes, it has an official song that you can listen.
Titled Live It Up, the song is a unique blend of sounds which define both global admiration for the game and the musical diversity of the host nation, Russia.
While team USA did not make it to the tournament, they have sent Will Smith for the official song.
Yes, the Men in Black star is making a singing comeback after a hiatus of almost 13 years.
But, he is not alone as Latin Grammy Award winning reggaeton star Nicky Jam and rising pop sensation Era Istrefi are also lending their vocals to this all-important melody.
That’s not all! The song is produced by Diplo who is known for his hits like Where Are Ü Now? (as part of Jack Ü) and Lean On (as part of Major Lazer).
Is the song good?
Come to think of it.
The official song for FIFA World Cup 2018 is perhaps the most open-minded song ever made for the tournament. It is melodic enough to played during the halftime and energetic enough to be spinned at a pool party.
A big shout out goes to Albanian-Kosovan songbird Era Istrefi whose vocal notes give the song the anthem-like sound it needs.
Nicky Jam’s rap is far better than the one we heard from Pitbull in 2014. He gives you major feels as if something big is happening.
And then, Will Smith brings it all together to make it official. His rap segment makes you wonder why did he stop rapping. While many will consider it “boring”, I think it is an important part of the song’s construction.
Just like you can’t play without a football, the song would have no game without his rap.
Kudos to Diplo for creating a melody that’s modern, yet rooted in Russian tradition. In the underlying melody, you can clearly hear the sound of Russian accordion, Bayan.