All Blacks are on song

Last updated 00:00 28/07/2007
Lawrence Smith
BLACK BEAT: Singing and rugby stars, from left, Neemia Tialata, Che Fu, Piri Weepu, Anika Moa and Troy Flavell.

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THE ALL Blacks are on track to set a new record.

For their tilt at rugby's holy grail, the World Cup, the men in black will be aided by a compilation of New Zealand songs they use for inspiration and motivation.

The 17-track CD will showcase New Zealand artists - and a new song composed by Che Fu.

Che - a staunch All Blacks fan - said it was an honour to be asked to write a song for the team.

He was hoping some of the All Blacks would provide the back-up vocals.

"We're working out whether a few of the guys will sing on it," Che told Sunday News of the reggae-flavoured song.

"I just hope they're as good at singing as they are at rugby.

"The track will have a reggae flavour and be rugby inspired without being corny."

The tracks were selected by the AB's initial music committee of Piri Weepu, Troy Flavell and Neemia Tialata - the only one of the trio retained for the World Cup.

"We wanted to push for New Zealand-born artists. I tried to put a bit of old school in there to get the mix right," Flavell said.

Weepu, Flavell and Tialata selected the music for the team's bus trips when they're touring - and had no hesitation in compiling a list of the squad's favourite New Zealand tunes for the CD.

The album includes the All Blacks performing the haka, recorded just before they trounced the French in their second test in Wellington on June 9.

It also features the mega hit track Not Many by Scribe, Hollie Smith's feelgood sing-along Bathe In the River, as well as material by Evermore and The Feelers.

"It's just anything that gets you up out of your seat and really psyches you up for the game. You can always rely on home artists," said Weepu, who likes rap music.

The album, will be released on September 3 and will be distributed in Australia and Europe.

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