Wednesday, 9 June 2010
NAMELESS FEATURES IN SONY WORLD CUP ALBUM
Leading Kenyan artiste Nameless is among top African and American musicians selected by Sony to feature in a Fifa World Cup album whose sale will be used for charity.
Listen Up! The Official 2010 Fifa World Cup album was released on June 1 and features original songs from today’s hottest artistes collaborating with African writers, producers and performers in an effort to showcase the vast talents within Africa. Proceeds from the album will benefit Fifa’s initiatives, whose aim include achieving positive social change through football by building 20 Football for Hope centres for public health, education and football across Africa.
Nameless’ single is titled One Day and is a collaborative effort between him and Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu.
“Sony came to Kenya and they were looking for various acts they could work with on the World Cup project. They asked me to write them a song and they liked it,” Nameless said, “Later they asked me to record the song, which I did at my studio and sent it.”
The compilation consists of 12 tracks including the Official Song of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), written and co-produced by Shakira and Freshlyground. It also includes the official Mascot song, Game On, by Pitbull, TKZee and Dario G.
R Kelly – who is also featured in the album - will perform his single off the album Sign Of A Victory at the World Cup opening ceremony on Friday, backed by 27-member Soweto Spiritual Singers choir.
Other African singers featured include Nneka, Angelique Kidjo, TKZee and Lira while American stars featured include Wycleff Jean and John Legend.