Zahra Universe Song “Sela Sela (Dance Together)” Selected as Anthem for Africa Football Cup of Nations, South Africa 2013

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For the first time in history, an American artist has been selected as the composer and performer of the official anthem of the Orange Africa Football Cup of Nations “AFCON 2013.”

"Sela Sela (Dance Together)" by Zahra Universe and Wes Madiko

This song 'Sela Sela' comes straight from the heart, and I am exhilarated to have the opportunity to share this message of peace and celebration with the world at this joyous sporting event

American singer and songwriter Zahra Universe has been selected as the bearer of the anthem of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2013. This is the 3rd biggest soccer event in the world and the biggest soccer event in Africa, attracting more than 300 million viewers worldwide. Zahra Universe, alongside Cameroon born artist Wes Madiko, co-wrote the song “Sela Sela (Dance Together)” in a blend of Bantu and English language. “SELA-SELA,” is a message of celebration and joy among all people, breaking down barriers that would hinder peace and unity. The song is a mix of many genres including pop, electro-house, dance, R&B, and African, making it very appealing to a wide range of listeners worldwide. Both, the song and music video will be available worldwide in November 2012.

Zahra Universe has had various connections to Africa and especially Cameroon leading up to this official Confederation of African Football (CAF) announcement. She has been named a princess in villages of Bana and Bafut, Cameroon and even an “Ambassador of Goodwill” for the growing seaport city of Kribi, Cameroon. She has founded a non-profit organization Cultural Universe Exchange (CUE) designed to promote cultural understanding and tolerance and has started the project connecting students in Cameroon and the US. Together, Zahra Universe and Wes Madiko will be traveling to several African countries later this year to promote the song before the live performance at the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Opening Ceremony in January 19th 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The tournament will be held from January 19th to February 10th 2013 in various city stadiums in South Africa.

In response to the recent news, Zahra Universe: “This song 'Sela Sela' comes straight from the heart, and I am exhilarated to have the opportunity to share this message of peace and celebration with the world at this joyous sporting event”.

Following the release of “Sela Sela”, Zahra Universe will release the single “Dirty Thoughts” and her newest album early 2013.

About AFCON
“Africa Football Cup of Nations” is the 3rd largest football event of the world. The 16 best national teams of Africa are competing to be crowned as African Champions. The event has large media coverage, national and worldwide with more than +300 Million viewers watching the best moments of the event. The competition is the major CAF tournament, qualifying for the FIFA World Cup.

More information and updates about the project can be found at http://www.selasela.com and http://www.zahrauniverse.com & http://www.arusaentertainment.com

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