The Magic Highway


The official press release for Hat Trick of Lions (Come On England), the adaptation of Yellow River into a 2010 England World Cup song. Also included is a snippet on rapper Aggi Dukes.


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!


AggiAggi raps for England’s Lions

AN 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. I’m really looking forward to the public reaction.”