FIFA has faced backlash for Qatar’s systemic discrimination against women and LGBTQ+ people, as well as the reported deaths of 37 migrant workers helping to construct the World Cup stadiums
Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares have teamed up on a new song for the 2022 FIFA World Cup — amid controversy over the sporting event’s Qatar location.
On Friday, the three artists released a historic collaboration titled “Tukoh Taka,” which marks the first time an official World Cup anthem features three languages, as Minaj raps in English and Spanish, Maluma sings in Spanish and Fares sings in Arabic.
A bombastic, confident and upbeat anthem, “Tukoh Taka” dropped alongside a music video featuring all three artists performing in picturesque desert locations, with Minaj, 39, appearing in a moving bus while Maluma, 28, sings in front of an oversized soccer ball and Fares, 39, performs intense choreography alongside dancers.
In a press release issued alongside “Tukoh Taka,” which will be featured on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Soundtrack, Maluma and Fares spoke about teaming up for the collaboration.
Fares expressed excitement toward the opportunity in her statement, writing, “‘Tukoh Taka’, the song that I was honored to participate in its composition, arrangement, and choreography, made me more passionate about it, in addition to working alongside two of my favorite international artists, Nicki Minaj and Maluma.
Both Maluma and Fares will perform the song for the first time at the FIFA Fan Festival™ in Doha, Qatar on Saturday — amid backlash around the country’s systemic discrimination against women and the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the reported deaths of 37 migrant workers who were helping to construct the stadiums where the World Cup will be held, per The Guardian.