`Love and Unity' only game in town
Stabroek News
December 2, 2006

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'The Game of Love and Unity,' the official song of Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007, has been launched and would be heard from now on across the Caribbean and the cricketing world.

Popular Caribbean singers Jamaican-born Shaggy, Barbadian entertainer Rupee and Trinidadian Faye-Ann Lyons have come together to record the song which, according to an ICC CWC 2007 West Indies Inc release quoted the lyrics;

"This is it, One big game, that you cannot miss,

No matter who you are -everyone's on the list.

This is the game of life and we are all one."

(So come along)

The song was launched last evening in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad in the presence of a number of executives from the music and recording industry, CWC stakeholders, officials from the Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana Local Organising Committees (LOC), sponsors and media representatives.

The release quoted ICC CWC 2007 Marketing Manager, Damon Leon, as saying that "The Official Song has had the input of a number of Caribbean and CWC stakeholders and I think the Event and the region will have a song of which they can be proud. We have been looking forward to launching the song to the world and embracing it as part of the spirit and identity of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007."

Leon also said that the release of the song would mark a number of promotional activities in the countdown to the tournament.

Speaking on behalf of the artistes, Rupee said it was a pleasure working on such a magnificent project. "We are going to showcase the best of the Caribbean to the world, including our diverse creative talent and our hospitality when we host the tournament."

Rupee, the lead composer of the song, and who has created hits such as 'Jump' and 'Tempted to Touch', brought a blend of urban-influenced Caribbean music to the historic track, the release said.

Internationally-acclaimed artiste and Grammy Award winner, Shaggy, is best known for his hit singles 'Oh Carolina', 'It wasn't me', 'Angel' and many others. He has been rated as one of the biggest crossover successes in dancehall reggae.

Following her Trinidad and Tobago Road March winning song 'Display', Faye-Ann Lyons, is only the third woman in the competition's history to win this prestigious award and has used it to launch her rising solo career. Her crowd and club favourites include 'Freedom', 'Lose your way' and 'Send Dem.'