“I am resigned to the fact that I will never share a game of football with this man so I am delighted to be part of his groove. His voice is as silken as his goal scoring skills.” – Norman Cook
Brazilian football legend Pelé released his debut single – ‘Acredita No Véio (Listen To The Old Man)’ – last month. The 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.
Pelé and Rodrigo y Gabriela are thrilled that Norman Cook has cooked up a Fatboy Slim remix of the track (the first Fatboy Slim remix in three years) to keep the celebrations going.
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.
Pelé featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela – ‘Acredita No Véio (Listen To The Old Man) – Fatboy Slim Remix’ is released worldwide on Rubyworks on Friday 20th November.
A fantastic, unique collaboration track between The Greatest Soccer Player Of All-Time and 2019 Grammy winners Rodrigo y Gabriela
‘I’ve written many books, I’ve scored many goals, I’ve fathered children, I’ve planted many trees. The only thing that’s lacking is a musical memento of my life.’ – Pelé.
Pelé has always been crazy about music and songwriting – but he never really spoke about it, he says, because ‘I didn’t want the public to make the comparison between Pelé the composer and Pelé the footballer. That would have been a huge injustice – in football my talent was a gift from God, music was just for fun.’
Rodrigo y Gabriela add: ‘We are both big soccer fans. Growing up in Mexico City, we heard many stories about Pele and the legendary Brazilian team that triumphed at the 1970 World Cup in our homeland. Imagine our surprise and delight to find out that not only is Pele the greatest footballer of all-time, but is also a very talented singer and songwriter? It is a huge honour for us to collaborate with Pele on the occasion of his 80th Birthday.’
This special collaboration track began when Rodrigo y Gabriela – fresh from their Grammy win for their latest album ‘Mettavolution – were invited by fellow Mexican music producer Jorge Berlanga to contribute a song for a tribute to legendary Hispanic composer Armando Manzanero. On discovering that Rod & Gab are soccer-mad, Jorge mentioned that he was a good friend of Pelé, and would they be interested in working on a song together? Quicker than you can say Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the music was flowing between Sao Paulo, Brazil and Ixtapa, Mexico. Acredita No Véio was originally written by Pelé in 2005 when working with his regular musical partner, the Brasilian jazz musician and arranger Ruria Duprat, best known for his work with visiting jazz stars Diana Krall, Randy Brecker and Ron Carter.
Of the song itself, the Great Man says: “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 (black magic) had helped. The song is joking about that – of course, macumba doesn’t win games at all.”
Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced the upcoming release of METTAVOLUTION LIVE, an all-new double album recorded during last year’s METTAVOLUTION World Tour. The 13-track collection arrives as a 2LP, 2CD, and digital download on Friday October 2.
Pre-order Mettavolution Live from either Bandcamp or the ATO store to be entered into a prize draw to win a brand new Yahama GC122MCH solid cedar top acoustic guitar.
“Hearing this recording is to be able to reconnect with our marvelous fans from our live gigs during 2019,” say Rodrigo y Gabriela, “the year we got to promote our METTAVOLUTION album all over the world. That was the very moment we felt truly complete as artists and musicians.”
The First taste of METTAVOLUTION LIVE is an awe-inspiring, 20-minute-plus live version of Pink Floyd’s epic “Echoes,” audaciously reimagined for two acoustic guitars.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and government restrictions, the rest of our shows for March 2020 are postponed. All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled shows which will be announced soon. We hope you understand and we look forward to playing for you again as soon as is possible.
Mettavolution has taken home the Grammy Award for ‘Best Contemporary Instrumental Album’ at the 2020 awards!
We are incredibly thankful. This is quite a moment for us. We are grateful for this opportunity to share this Grammy with our families and fans all over the world, with a big hug and also to our potential fans!
After 20 years, and having played all over the world, even for President Obama in The White House, there was something missing — a Grammy. We finally got it. Rodrigo and I are people that care about many of the challenges that we are facing as a species. Mettavolution is an album about change and growth. Through music, we truly believe that we can share, at an emotional level, healing and to bring about ideas that might help to solve a lot of those challenges. We wanted to create something as unique as possible. It is important for us to feel that we are contributing something with our music. The way we perform, the way we write and produce our albums; it has been a lot of years of hard work and it feels great. A special start to the new decade, it will make us even more inspired. This is the cherry on the cake. Thank you to the Academy. Winning a Grammy will help give us a louder voice to reach more people. Thank you to our management, label partners all over the world. Keep connected everyone, we are connected with you through our music. ~ Gab
The most amazing part of winning a Grammy is the huge sense of happiness that goes around between people we love and people that love us. I hope to go beyond the recognition itself to use it for something positive that can transform as many stories as possible. To all the fans around the world for supporting our music – we love you all and we can’t wait to go back to work to keep making music that inspires you. ~ Rod
Mettavolution has been nominated for the Grammy Awards’ Best Contemporary Instrumental Album!
It feels GREAT to know that our album Mettavolution has been nominated for a Grammy, thanks to the Academy for the nomination and thanks to all our fans, it is an honor to share this music with you. RyG