Brazilian football legend Pelé and Rodrigo y Gabriela are thrilled that Norman Cook has cooked up a Fatboy Slim remix of their track ‘Acredita No Véio (Listen To The Old Man)’.
The first Fatboy Slim remix in three years keeps the celebrations going. The original track is a unique collaboration between Pelé and Grammy award winning Mexican guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela and came out just ahead of Pelé’s 80th birthday celebrations.
The initial response worldwide to the track has been fantastic, from football fans and music lovers alike. Global media coverage followed, including BBC Football Focus, The Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, L’Equipe in France, ESPN, Fox Sports, UOL Brazil, Sopitas Mexico, plus stories and features running from Paraguay to Indonesia. FIFA used ‘Acredita No Véio’ in their own online birthday celebrations for the Great Man.
Listen to ‘Acredita No Véio (Listen To The Old Man) (feat. Rodrigo y Gabriela) – Fatboy Slim remix’ by Pelé on the Official Premier League Music playlist on Spotify.
Not only does Norman Cook love football, he also loves Brazil. What’s more, Brazil loves him back. His first gig there was in 2004, playing to over 300,000 people on the beach in Rio De Janeiro at carnival time.
Since then, he has been a regular visitor, making three trips a year, every year up until recently. In 2014, he curated a compilation – Bem Brasil – which was released by Universal to coincide with the 2014 World Cup Finals in the country.
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On the origins of the ultra-catchy song, Pelé said ‘I wrote this one because when I used to play with Santos, the coach used to say that when we lost it was the players’ fault, but when we won it was the macumba (folk religion) had helped. The song is joking about that – of course, macumba doesn’t win games at all.’