ICC T20 World Cup, women's, anthem, Rouge

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SA’s Rouge raps up ICC Women’s T20 World Cup anthem [watch]

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is hitting SA shores in January 2023 and it has a special African anthem by none other then rapper Rouge!

ICC T20 World Cup, women's, anthem, Rouge

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The build-up to the ICC Women’s T20 Women’s World Cup in 2023 is in full swing and the event is set to have a very special South-African flavour.

The The ICC has teamed up with the award-winning South African rapper Rouge to compose the official World Cup anthem, titled Turn It Up.


The biggest women’s cricket tournament is hitting South African shores early next year.

Cricket fans are waiting with bated breath and the event just got better with the announcement that the ICC roped in the help of rapper and singer, Rouge – known for hits like Mbongo-Zaka and Dololo – to compose the official anthem, titled Turn it Up.

Testament to continuously scaling the excitement for one of the most significant women’s sporting events in Africa, next year’s Women’s T20 World Cup edition will be an African first, with South Africa welcoming nine nations; England, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland, Pakistan and defending champions, Australia to the shores.

“It’s amazing how music has the potential to evoke different emotions to people, whether it’s happiness, sadness and excitement. When you mix sport and music you create positive connections with a variety of people and this is why we want fans all around the world to Turn It Up for what will be South Africa’s first Women’s T20 World Cup in 2023,” says Rouge.

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Judging by online sentiments on the Turn It Up tournament teaser, it is definitely set to bring the heat as the country counts down to the opening game between South Africa and Sri Lanka on Friday, 10 February at Newlands Cricket Ground.

“Looking back at the 2010 FIFA World Cup anthem, it brought so much joy to every fan as well as the players on the field. Now, that’s what we wish for with the song ‘Turn It Up.’ We would like for people from every part of South Africa, different races and background to come together, support us and rally behind the tournament to make it memorable for the world,” says Proteas captain, Dane van Niekerk.

Fans from across the globe are encouraged to ‘Turn It Up’ for the World Cup and their favourite teams and players, who will be in action in 23 matches over 15 days. It is time to Turn up the Passion, Turn up the Volume, Turn up the Cricket, Turn it up at the World Cup!

“We wanted an anthem that would resonate with all South Africans as we prepare to host the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup,” ICC Women’s T20 World Cup LOC Tournament Director, Russell Adams said. “The award-winning Rouge has created a hit that will spur on fans to turn it up in support of the World Cup. This song is also a snippet of the vibe you can expect to experience at the stadiums, if you add the world-class cricket on show, spectators will be in for a treat. Fans do not want to miss out on the excitement coming to the country, so I would encourage all to get their tickets before they sell out.”

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