Throughout the 2014 World Cup, we will be celebrating the bond between music and the most popular sporting event in the world. Each day of the tournament, we will be selecting songs from each country playing. We want to help you get as hyped as humanly possible for the daily on-field drama.
Match 1: Argentina vs. Iran
La Yegros explores a multitude of alter egos in the video for “Viene de Mi.” The emotion-filled cumbia is Argentine music at its best:
Iran was one of the lowest ranked teams coming into the tournament. But they’ve still played with heart — something you really can’t measure. Omid Walizadeh‘s Modern Persian Speech Sounds is a sumptuous hip-hop sound collage that channels vintage Iranian heart and soul:
Match 2: Germany vs. Ghana
Dream Koala is the project of the very wavy Yndi Ferreira. He’s Brazilian and was raised in Paris, but has found a home in Berlin. It’s not likely that any other team will knock Germany out of the group stage. They might be in the midst of a long ”Odyssey” to the top:
When I interviewed Gasmilla in February, he said that his song wasn’t about soccer (though you might not be able to tell in the video). He said the song was more generally about winning, commenting “I wanted achievers all around the world to celebrate and rejoice their moment.” Let’s hope the Black Stars get to do an azonto dance celebration at some point today:
Match 3: Nigeria vs. Bosnia and Herzegovia
Rapper Olamide came out two weeks ago with a banger of a tune supporting Nigeria’s team in “Make Us Proud” featuring Washington DC’s Wale:
Bosnia and Herzegovia
Bosnian ska band Dubioza Kolektiv released “Kažu” last year. It’s a biting political satire (peep the translation of the lyrics) about the media, ethnic stereotypes and “the man.” Kinda puts this exorcism of nationalism all in perspective, huh?