'Light the Sky': Moroccan singers to rock the stage at FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup

'Light the Sky': Moroccan singers to rock the stage at FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup
Over social media, Moroccans have celebrated the strong participation of their compatriot performers in crafting the new World Cup hit.
2 min read
06 October, 2022
Produced by the Moroccan record maker RedOne, "Light the Sky” will be released on Friday. [Getty] 

The International Football Federation Association (FIFA) teased Wednesday one of the upcoming World Cup's official anthems featuring Morocco's Manal Benchlikha and Nora Fatehi.

Produced by the Moroccan record maker RedOne, "Light the Sky" will be released on Friday. 

The Moroccan producer has been the Executive Director of Creative Entertainment within FIFA since the start of 2022.

The song will also feature Yemen's Balkyss Fethi and Iraq's Rahma Riad.

In the teaser of the all-women song, the fashion choices and the dance moves hint that the hit will deliver a pop modern vibe, a theme that suits the performance style of the four women from the Middle East and North Africa. 

Over social media, Moroccans have celebrated the strong participation of their compatriots in crafting the new World Cup hit.

Nora Fatehi, a Moroccan-Canadian actor, dancer, and singer, gained fame with her dance moves in Bollywood movies. 

The thirty-year-old Bollywood star captivated Moroccans' hearts by bringing together Moroccan and Indian culture in the Arabic version of the Bollywood hit "Dilbar", in collaboration with Moroccan band Fnair.

Meanwhile, Manal Benchlikha, Morocco's new artistic phenomenon, broke into the male-dominated rap genre with her hits "Taj" and "Slay", as she tackled other music genres putting the Moroccan identity at the centre of her music videos.

In April, FIFA released the first track, "Hayya Hayya" (Better Together) of the World Cup 2022 official soundtrack.

"Hayya Hayya" features Nigerian David, Qatari Aisha, and American Trinidad Cardona. It was also produced by RedOne.

On November 20, thirty-two countries will compete at the World Cup events, including the host country, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

It is the first World Cup to take place in the Middle East, and the first to happen in winter due to Qatar's extreme heat.

 
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