Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares debut World Cup anthem
The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar has its own anthem.
With the tournament just days away, FIFA released the song “Tukoh Taka” featuring Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares on Friday.
In the music video, the trio party in the desert, playing off the arid environment of host country Qatar. Arriving on a bus filled with a line of revelers waving the flags of their nations, Minaj begins the song’s first verse with a mixture of Spanish and English bars:
“Me, soy Trini / Everything di man have, dat a fi mi / ¿Dónde está el dinero? Daddy, give me / Pretty face, ugly girl can’t see me.”
Lebanese singer Myriam Fares joins the party, accompanied by a variety of dancers who groove to her Arabic verses and the catchy chorus “Tukoh Taka.” During Maluma’s verses, the Colombian artist appears in colorful desert music festival attire.
Clips of players celebrating goals are interspersed between the artists, including players from Maluma’s home country lining up to salsa on the pitch.
Last month, sponsor Budweiser released its own World Cup promotional song, “The World Is Yours to Take,” by Lil Baby. The song is a sample of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears.
Other musical acts performing during the tournament include Calvin Harris, Diplo, Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin.
A number of musical acts have turned down opportunities to perform at the global sports tournament, including Dua Lipa and Rod Stewart. Lipa said she will “look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights promises it has made” when it became host.
News leading up to the World Cup was colored by controversy over concerns about working conditions and the mistreatment of the thousands of migrant workers rushing to build Qatar’s stadiums and other venues. Some human rights groups say there have been thousands of unexplained worker deaths.
“Migrant workers were essential to making the 2022 World Cup possible, but it comes at a high cost for many migrant workers and their families, who have not only made personal sacrifices, but have also faced widespread wage theft, injuries and thousands of unexplained deaths .” said Rothna Begum, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, calling for compensation for the families of the dead workers.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-11-18/nicki-minaj-maluma-myriam-fares-party-in-the-desert-in-fifa-world-cup-anthem-tukoh-taka Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares debut World Cup anthem