Janelle Monae has covered David Bowie’s “Heroes,” adding her to the long list of other artists who have covered the 80’s hit including Oasis, Blondie, and Kasabian.
However, Monae’s rendition will be used to soundtrack a global Pepsi Max FutbolNow commercial which will feature her and other footballers Robin van Persie, David Luiz, Sergio Agüero and Lionel Messi on the streets of Rio de Janiero during the 2014 World Cup.
Janelle Monae spoke to NME regarding that cultural icon’s 1977 single: “The song just emboldens me as an artist and I wanted to embolden the people as well,” said Monae. “It makes me feel as though we can break through any chains we may have shackling us as a humanity.”
While the original was inspired by Bowie’s time in Berlin and told the story of two lovers reunited across the Iron Curtain, Monae’s version was inspired by Brazil and Georgia. “We wanted to bring the song down south…and also bring Atlanta to it,” said Monae to NME. “But we love the original so we didn’t want to go too far away from [it].”
Listen to the song below.