Akon to Produce Theme Songs for 2010 FIFA World Cup

Akon will produce 2010 FIFA World Cup anthems, excluding football players from his wish list of singers tapped to perform the soundtrack.

AceShowbiz - R&B singer Akon has opened up to the media that he has been tapped to work on the soundtrack of next year's FIFA World Cup. "I've been hired as musical director for the World Cup," he says adding that "it's a great honor" to be involved in the project.

On what he will do related to his work as the musical director of World Cup, Akon, who is a Western African origin, shares he will head up to Africa where the game will be held "for meetings." He adds, "I'm the official music co-ordinator. It means I'll produce the official World Cup song and I'll oversee all the official music."

Akon hasn't given any clue whether he will only work behind the production table or will also step forward singing one of the anthems. Musicians signed to sing the soundtrack are also unclear. Amidst the sketchy details of the project, Akon says he is not interested to hire any football players as singers, stating "If David Beckham said he wanted to contribute musically, I'd advise him not to. He'd definitely be better off playing. It doesn't work when athletes try to become musicians."

2010 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place between June 11 and July 11, 2010 in South Africa. The football tournament will have a green-haired leopard by the name of Zakumi as the mascot.

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