Six of the first-ever female referees at a FIFA World Cup have been featured on Light the Sky, the fourth musical single to be released ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to insidethegames.
The latest from the official soundtrack was a collaboration of four Arabic singers: Balqees from the United Arab Emirates, Moroccan-Canadian singer Nora Fatehi, Iraqi singer Rahma Riad and award-winning singer-songwriter Manal from Morocco.
All six female officials selected for the competition appear in the “Light The Sky” music video. “Stéphanie Frappart of France, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan will referee the games, while Neuza Back of Brazil, Karen Díaz Medina of Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt of the US will act as assistant referees,” she wrote.
“Light The Sky tells us to ‘scream if you’re with me’ and brings to life the spirit of celebrating the FIFA World Cup together – an inspiring message as we look forward to a landmark tournament of firsts,” FIFA Entertainment executive and song producer RedOne noted,” the report added.
“This is an inspirational song with roots firmly in the Middle East.
“It is also fitting that the first-ever female referees at a FIFA World Cup are part of this publication, which will appeal to football and music lovers of all ages.”
Manal has twice won Best Female Artist in Northern Africa at the All Africa Music Awards and has one album, 360, released last year. Riyadh, who stars in movies, has a smash hit with Waed Menni, who has garnered nearly 200,000 views on YouTube. Like Riyadh, Fatehi has been part of several music videos and films.