Fil-Brit band to perform at World Youth Day in Rio

By Edward Lao, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Mar 01 2013 01:01 PM | Updated as of Mar 03 2013 12:36 AM

'Ooberfuse' to sing WYD anthem in English

LONDON -- An electro-pop band in the United Kingdom, fronted by its Pinay vocalist, have sung and recorded an English version of the official World Youth Day (WYD) anthem.

WYD organizers were so impressed by Ooberfuse's song "Go", inspired by Bible verse Matthew 28:19, they asked the London-based trio to create an English version of Portuguese song "Esperanca do Amanhecer".

As a result, "Hope of the Dawn" was born.

Cherrie Anderson, songwriter/vocalist Hal St. John and guitarist Nico Cox will be performing the track to an estimated 2.8 million pilgrims who will flock to Rio de Janiero this July for the festival, which celebrates youth and the Christian faith.

Ooberfuse worked closely with WYD organizers to ensure their song stayed loyal to the message in the original composition, but were encouraged to add their own touch.

Anderson, originally from Manila, says it was “a great privilege to sing the official WYD English anthem”.

She adds: “It was left to us to ensure the essence of the song was captured both lyrically and melody-wise. We also tried to give the anthem an Ooberfuse feel.”

Cox says: "We hope that listeners will like it, especially all the English speaking pilgrims."

Father Leandro Lenin, who is the executive director of the 2013 WYD celebrations, commends the group.

“Congratulations on the great job. We think it's awesome. You're really praising the Lord with your voices and efforts,” he said.

Ooberfuse previously sang the youth anthem for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK in 2010, and performed to 2 million pilgrims at the 2011 WYD in Madrid.

2013 WYD celebrations will run from July 23-28 in Brazil. The theme for this year is “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).