Help Mohammed Assaf create his World Cup song

The Palestinian winner of Arab Idol 2012 Mohammed Assaf. AFP photo
The Palestinian winner of Arab Idol 2012 Mohammed Assaf. AFP photo

The 2012 Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf is calling on fans to suggest lyrics for the upcoming tournament anthem that he will record next on Tuesday, June 3, in Dubai in a continuous 24-hour studio session.

The ambitious project, designed by Assaf’s Dubai based label Platinum Records, is called #assaf360 and will find the 24-year-old singer entering a studio with a production team led by the American beatmaker Rodney Jerkins.

Starting at 8am on Tuesday, Assaf and the team will begin composing the song with the goal of having it ready to be downloaded on iTunes and the Arab music platform Anghami by Wednesday at 8am.

Fans can watch all the recording action with the entire studio session being streamed live on MBC’s website and clips from the session will be broadcast live throughout the day on MBC 1.

Until then, submit your lyrics on both Twitter and Facebook under the hashtag #assaf360 — your words might be part of what is surely to be the region’s next big hit.

Assaf will eventually debut the song live as part of his performance at the Fifa Congress opening ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil, on June 10.

• The #Assaf360 project runs from 8am on Tuesday until 8am on Wednesday. For more details or to watch the live stream, visit

Published: May 29, 2014 04:00 AM