R. Kelly will perform his new charity single – Sign Of A Victory – at the FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony on June 11, backed by a 27-member African choir.
“Africa has always had a special place in my heart, both musically and emotionally,” Kelly told UsMagazine.com. “So it means a lot to me to get to work with the Soweto Spiritual Singers and perform my song at this huge event in Johannesburg.”
The single – which will benefit African charities – will also feature on a new charity CD celebrating the FIFA World Cup. Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album will be released on June 1st.
The 2010 album features original songs from today’s hottest artists 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 20 Centers for 2010 initiative, whose aim is to achieve positive social change through football by building twenty Football for Hope centers for public health, education and football across Africa, and other African charities.
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 will also include the Official Mascot song, Game On by Pitbull, TKZee and Dario G.
The track listing will be as follows:
- R. Kelly featuring Soweto Spiritual Singers – Sign of a Victory (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Anthem)
- Shakira featuring Freshlyground – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song)
- Nneka – Viva Africa
- Matisyahu featuring Nameless – One Day
- Ternielle Nelson, Jason Hartman, UJU, Louise Carver, Aya & Deep Level – Shosoloza 2010
- J Pre, Wyclef Jean, Jazmine Sullivan, and B Howard – Ke Nako
- Angélique Kidjo and John Legend – Move On Up
- Judy Bailey featuring Uju – Spirit of Freedom
- Pitbull, TKZee and Dario G – Game On (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Mascot Song)
- MISIA ft M2J + Francis Jocky – Maware Maware
- Claudia Leitte and Lira – Mascaras (South Africa ’10 to Brasil ’14)
- Siphiwo featuring Message of Hope from Nelson Mandela – Hope
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