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Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean to perform official anthem at soccer world cup final
Published on April 3, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Joseph Guyler Delva

NEW YORK, USA (HCNN) -- World renowned Haitian hip-hop superstar, Wyclef Jean, alongside other global stars including music legend, Carlos Santana, will perform the 2014 Soccer World Cup official anthem at the closing ceremony of a competition that is arguably the most watched live sporting event in the world.

Wyclef Jean
The world soccer governing body, known as FIFA, and Sony Music Entertainment announced over the weekend that the official anthem of this year's World Cup was entitled "Dar um Jeito", in Portuguese, meaning in English “We Will Find a Way”, featuring Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Swedish top DJ/producer Avicii and Brazilian Grammy award-winning singer, Alexandre Pires.

"Despite the fact that I was born in a place where darkness at times steals the sunshine, where rain often turns to floods and children often cannot be found, I have always found a way to sing with joy....," Wyclef Jean said after the announcement.

"Dar um Jeito is dedicated to all those searching for the light… knowing that they too, shall soon find a way," Jean added.

The World Cup will take place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014, with the participation of 32 national sides that made it to the final phase, after a series of qualifying matches in different countries around the world.

It will be for the second time the Haitian multi Grammy award-winning musician will be performing at the FIFA World Cup final, which is held every four years. Jean, alongside global Colombian-American superstar Shakira performed the Hips Don't Lie Bamboo version at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

FIFA also selected We Are One -- performed by Cuban-American Armando Christian Perez, better known by his star name Pitbull, by Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte -- as the World Cup Official song.

"We Are One" will be performed during the opening ceremony on June 12, while "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)" will be performed on July 13, at the legendary Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro.
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