UK dance music label Hospital Records has teamed up with the Street Child World Cup to produce the official anthem of the tournament, which kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in March. Called ‘I am Somebody’, the anthem challenges the negative perception and treatment of street-connected youth across the world.
As many as 230 former street children aged 14-17 will take part in the Street Child World Cup, reminding the world that with the right protection, rehabilitation and opportunities no child would have to live on the streets.
Street Child World Cup CEO John Wroe commented: “Every World Cup needs an anthem, and we believe ‘I am Somebody’ is the perfect anthem for the Street Child World Cup. London Elektricity, S.P.Y and Diane Charlemagne have brought our goals to life in this song, representing the children taking part in Rio, and the millions of street children across the world. They are all ‘somebodies’ deserving of the same protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to.”
‘I am Somebody’, which will be released on Monday 24 February, has already achieved an online following of more than 18,000 views and is now available for preorder through iTunes. The single features Hospital Records artists London Elektricity, S.P.Y, and Diane Charlemagne alongside children from Corpus Christi School in South London.
A Hospital Records spokesperson said: “We are honored and thrilled by being a part of the Street Child World Cup 2014. When we were approached to facilitate the music, that alone made us feel proud – we are an ‘underground’ drum and bass label after all! We’ve gladly given our advice and promotional skills as well, and it has turned out to be a great journey for us. We sincerely hope that we have made a difference to someone somewhere in the world!”
The record not only raises awareness of the issues children living and working on the street face, but also supports the work of the charity; Hospital Records will be donating all proceeds to Street Child World Cup.
London Elektricity and Hospital Records founder Tony Colman commented: “I normally make music for a living. For Street Child World Cup, it was my honour to make music to help somebody else’s livelihood. I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed making a piece as much as this!”
Street Child World Cup is an international movement working with street child organisations to ensure that these children receive the protection, rehabilitation and opportunities they need to leave street life behind. Ahead of each FIFA World Cup, Street Child World Cup unites street children from across five continents to play football and take part in an international conference and arts festival to champion the rights of street children.
‘I am Somebody’ is available for preorder now from iTunes http://hospi.tl/streetchild and is released on Monday 24 February.
You can watch the official music video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/streetchildworldcup
“No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights”
“No child should have to live on the streets. I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”
“It was a privilege to be invited to the launch of the Street Child World Cup at Downing Street. It gives children a voice through football, sales a platform to express their rights and celebrate their abilities – I’m proud to add my support.”