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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Reggae icon Eddy Grant pens song for Bafana (South Africa's World Cup Team)

EVERYONE seems to be getting on to the Fifa 2010 World Cup bandwagon. Already, musicians such as Akon and Kelly Rowland have done songs about South Africa and the national team – Bafana Bafana.

Eddy Grant is the latest musician to cash in on the soccer spectacle.The Gimme Hope Jo’anna hit-maker has done a song for Bafana Bafana called "Feel It, It is Here".

Born in Guyana in 1948, Grant recorded the track at Sting Studios in South Africa recently.

The single has a distinct South African feel and will be released through local recording company Bula Music.

Grant will be touring the country to promote the song just before the tournament kicks off on June 11.

One of the most celebrated music icons, Grant has recorded many albums. He had his first number one hit in 1968 when he was the lead guitarist and main songwriter of the multiracial group The Equals, with his self-penned song Baby Come Back.

When he moved to Barbados, he launched his own label, Complex, which released Killer on the Rampage. The album had hits such as Electric Avenue, I Don’t Wanna Dance and It’s All in You.He then took a break from music for a few years and returned with the hit Gimme Hope Jo’anna, which became a number one hit worldwide.

Last year, he spent eight weeks with the Lucky Dube Band, and together they toured Sweden, Denmark, Germany and South Africa .


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