As a huge R. Kelly fan, I've long felt the powerhouse R&B songsmith has spent far too much time shuffling around in that closet of his. That's why I was thrilled to hear that he was returning to his "I Believe I Can Fly" schema of belting out broad, spiritually-focused anthems by uniting with a group of native singers from Africa's Soweta to perform a new song he penned, "Sign Of a Victory," at the FIFA World Cup Ceremony on June 11 in Johannessburg Soccer City Stadium.
The song was also selected as the official World Cup Anthem, one of three original songs for the event, and all proceeds will benefit African charities.
"Africa has always had a special place in my heart, both musically and emotionally," Kelly tells UsMagazine.com exclusively. So it means a lot to me to get to work with the Soweto Spiritual Singers and perform my song at this huge event in Johannesburg."
The 27-member African singing group is equally as excited to perform with Kelly.
"We share our exhilaration in working with R. Kelly on 'Sign of A Victory,'" the Soweto Spiritual Singers tell Us in a statement. "It is a testament to the talent and artistry we possess as South African artists that we can stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow international musicians. Our experience has been overwhelming and we are highly honoured to work with R. Kelly."
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