The controversies around the Qatar World Cup are so widely covered these days that even
the official anthem this year went under the radar.
Featuring the vocals of American rapper Nicki Minaj,
Colombian reggaeton artist Maluma, and Lebanese singer Myriam Fayes
Tukoh Taka is an upbeat pop number that was released on November 18 as the World Cup anthem.
The trilingual track (English, Spanish, and Arabic) features the phrase
Tukoh Taka repeating in its chorus, an Arabic equivalent of “knock knock” or “click clack”.
Some observers on the Internet are also comparing the title to the football technique
Tiki-Taka that’s characterised by high-intensity short passes,
working the ball through various channels.
The move was popularised by the Spanish football team and FC Barcelona.