Mandela chooses Brit tune for World Cup song

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Johannesburg, May 25 (ANI): Former South African President Nelson Mandela has chosen a tune written by two British songwriters as World Cup anthem.

Rock legend Russ Ballard, lead singer and guitarist of Argent, and solo artist Chris Winter are the names behind the song Hope which will open the World Cup competition on June 11, the Daily Express reports.pera star Siphiwo Ntshebe, 34, who grew up in a shack in Port Elizabeth, will perform the song, which incorporates classical strings, a full choir and African drums.

Mandela, 91, has pre-recorded a spoken segment but it is hoped he will be able to perform live.

"Three billion viewers is a pretty good advert for any musician," a delighted Ballard, 64, told the Daily Express.

"I think I will shed a tear if Mr. Mandela is strong enough to make it in person. It's a great honour and his spoken contribution to the song is very impressive and uplifting," he added.

Hope is released as a single on June 6 and is the title track of Siphiwo's debut album, also titled Hope, to be released by Epic Records on June 14. (ANI)

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