“It's just a game. It's not a fight,” are the first lyrics you hear in Beyond's release 'One People'. They set the scene for a song that creatively uses soccer as a platform for unity. Let's face it, soccer people can be passionate people. Well, many sports people can be passionate people. But, soccer certainly can stir up a competitive spirit. Beyond's track tastefully removes that competitive spirit and instead delivers a feel good track full of inspiration and love.
The solo artist going by the name of Beyond says that his song, One People, is “a humanitarian song that can fit in all aspect of life- nature, love, sports, and so on”. He encourages oneness and unity using the exciting world of soccer as a vehicle for these positive thoughts.
Beyond is based in Cameroon so it's no surprise that he effectively adds African influences to his house track. There are percussion choices that bring an earthy realness and anthem-like chants that rouse the spirit. Energetic backing vocals add to the concept of unity that the song aims to deliver. This well written track is going to get you both dancing and feeling good.
Beyond's influences include Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Although a solo artist, he does collaborate with and write songs for other people. He informs that it is “tough to make it in music in Africa”, That only makes him more determined to follow his passion and succeed as a musician. As a young, independent artist Beyond is seeking support and sponsorship. One of his goals is to have his song become the official song of the World Cup or African Nations cup.
Writing of One People began in 2015 but there was a constant process of re-writing the lyrics for Beyond to get them just how he wanted them. He's done a great job. The minimalist approach to lyrics makes the theme easy for listeners to absorb. It's a clever way to achieve a dance track with a message that doesn't come across too strong, but instead reaches for soul.
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