Panamanian artists score a team goal with euphoric “Sube La Marea” for Copa Airlines, celebrating the national team’s first trip to World Cup.
The track was recorded for Copa Airlines as a send-off for the national team, known as la marea roja (the red tide). But branding aside, “Sube La Marea” (“The Tide Rises”) sounds the way a good fútbol song should: a stands-jumping joyous jam, rather than an over-strategized advertising jingle. It’s an irresistible victory dance track for the fans of a team that has already won by just qualifying for the tournament. And of course, this “tide” swells with national pride (“My name is Panama,” screams the chorus.)