IN 1970, Jeff Christie topped the
charts with the hit Yellow River,
reaching No 1 in the Uk and in 26 other countries,
eventually entering the hallf of fame as a rock/pop
classic. This year, four decades later, Jeff has teamed
up with producer David Robertson and Yellow
River has been adapted into an unofficial World
Cup anthem for the England World Cup team!
Forty years ago, when Yellow
River topped the UK charts for three weeks,
the song it knocked off the perch was Back
Home, the official World Cup song for the English
team, who were then the reigning World champions.
This year, for the first time ever in English football,
there will be no official song. So now the England
team's chances have been spurred on by the track Hat
Trick of Lions (Come On England) - an adaptation
of Yellow River!
This time aimed at the football
fraternity, the new track will have a pulsating grip
on the nation this summer. The title Come
On England is symbolic of how far England has
come on since the early immigrant days; this is now
evident in our multi-cultural society. The base concept
of the new track was to include the rich ethnic diversity
of the England fan base. Ska was selected on the basis
that it was the first ethnic music to influence the
British charts and become affiliated with football,
with tracks like Liquidator's 007
being played at football grounds ever since.
The track boasts a veritable who's
who of the UK's finest reggae and ska performers and
musicians. Mafia and Fluxy, the drum and bass duo,
are the UK's premier ska/reggae rhythm section, having
worked on a regular basis with the Skatalites and
the Ethiopians, who were responsible for the ska invasion
in the early 60s that left an indelible mark on football.
The brass hooks are supplied by Matic Horn's heavyweight
Henry Buttons Tenyue, who has worked with Aswad, UB40,
and soul godfather James Brown. Up and coming UK underground
rapper Aggi Dukes adds the kick that summarises our
love for the game.
This fantastic authentic record
fuses the familiar sounds of ska with an English classic
hit, and is set to bring together both young and old
across a terrace of different cultures, united in
the chant Come On England!
raps for Englands Lions
East London rapper is hoping to score a number
one hit with a reworked version of classic
pop song Yellow River.
Aggi Dukes from Bow has
teamed up with Jeff Christie, who originally
had a hit with the track back in 1970, to
update it for a new generation titled Hat
Trick of Lions (Come on England). Aggi, 27,
predicts the song will be a huge anthem for
the football World Cup and will be released
to tie in with the tournament in June.
He said: The song
has been tweaked to make it more relevant
and accessible to young people. It was a massive
hit when it first came out and we are hoping
we can replicate that success for a new generation.
Im really looking forward to the public