The Olympics — the world's biggest sporting event — will kick off on 5 August in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. For the first time in its history, the Olympic Games will be staged on South American soil.
However, this first hasn't been warmly welcomed by the people of Brazil as the Games have ushered in an era of economic instability for the host nation.
But with just a month to go for the mega event in Rio, the official theme song for the 2016 Olympics — which was released on Sunday — could go a long way in lifting the dampened spirits of the locals. The song titled "Alma e Coracao" (Soul and Heart) featuring Samba star Thiaguinho and rapper Projota, portrays how Brazil has left behind their worries to gear up for the sporting extravaganza.
Phrases like 'make it happen', 'fight' and 'win' in the lyrics of the song send a strong a message to all the Brazilians to come together to make the Games a big success. It features the giant Rio stadium and takes the viewers on a journey behind several young athletes as they train vigorously to prepare for competition. The song has an infectious vibe, and gets our blood pumping just from watching it.
The lyrics read: “With no sweat, the value of achievement remains in vain. It’s always time to make something better happen. And your time will come, now it’s real!” This makes for a perfect anthem for all the athletes participating in the Rio Olympics.
The vibrant tune, the catchy drumbeats of the Tropkillaz e Nave-produced song, coupled with flashes of picturesque Rio de Janeiro establish the typical Brazilian setting for the Games as the world starts to switch its focus to the Olympics.
Come 5 August, and Brazil will be enjoying a carnival-esque state of mind with 306 sporting events playing out over a span of 19 days. The above theme song is a good way to kick off this festive atmosphere.