Keith Urbain was among the famous guests who contributed to a performance of John lennon‘s “Imagine” at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, People reports.
The pop singer joined him in the pre-recorded music video John legend, Spanish performer and composer Alejandro sanz, singer-songwriter and Beninese activist Angelique Kidjo, and the Suginami Children’s Choir.
The group performance took place as athletes from each country gathered on stage during the opening ceremony, highlighting the message of unity of âImagineâ ahead of the start of this year’s Olympic Games.
“It’s one of those songs that feels like you’ve always been there,” Keith explains in a backstage clip on recording the group performance. “It’s kind of like a spiritual classic.”
From the 1971 album of the same name, “Imagine” was the best-selling single of Lennon’s solo career. Singer-songwriter and former Beatles The deputy said the influence of the song came from his wife Yoko Onothe 1964 book, Grapefruit, and that she should receive co-writing credit for the song.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremonies begin on July 23 and last until August 8.
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