If “Alma e Coração” (Soul and Heart), the official 2016 Rio Olympics theme song, is an all-Brazilian affair, the official music video is also an ode to the Olympics host country.
The music video to the track, performed by samba star Thiaguinho and featuring rapper Projota, was released today by Som Livre and is sure to provide a much-needed boost to Brazil’s economically buffeted spirits.
The video kicks off to drumbeats set over stunning vistas of Rio, then segues into the training routines of four young, Brazilian athletes whose enthusiastic demeanor is contagious.
Yes, the lyrics (translated in closed captions) may be formulaic and feel-good, but it’s hard not to get caught up in the spirit of the message or get hooked on the catchy chorus.
Watch it below.