45 proposals were received by the selection committee of the anthem of the Women Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2016, none of them were accepted. That’s why Romeo Dika and his team were called to produce this “rallying” song.
After the presentation of the title “Hommage aux footballeuses‘ on September 18, 2016, some observers negatively criticized the song. ‘Hommage aux footballeuses‘ is interpreted by singers Charlotte Dipanda and Richard Kings. “The talent of both artists is not to discuss, but for this kind of event we needed another type of artist other than those two. I have an impression of attending an opera or a diner where you have soft music, “says an observer, in the columns of the newspaper l’Economie published Friday, September 30, 2016.
Another observer who requested anonymity added that they are “two artists with beautiful voices, but for what? This song is just horrible; at least inappropriate as an anthem for the AFCON. I think it would have been something more rhythmic with lyrics, a catchy refrain and easy to remember. The thanks to FIFA and CAF in the song… were they really necessary? “.
According Romeo Dika, composer of the anthem, “Hommage aux footballeuses” is inspired from the anthems of the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. “When you listen 26 years later to the anthem of the 1990 World Cup, you have the impression that it has just been written. Meanwhile most dance songs at the end of three months is no more heard again, “says the composer.
According to the newspaper, 45 is the number of proposals received by the Selection Committee of the anthem of 2016 AFCON. But none was accepted. It is then as “savior” that Romeo Dika and his team were called to produce a rallying song withing a week.