Tukoh Taka
by Nicki Minaj (featuring Maluma)

Album: single release only (2022)
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Songfacts®:

  • Nicki Minaj teamed up with Colombian singer-songwriter Maluma and Lebanese singer-songwriter Myriam Fares for this celebratory World Cup anthem. "Tukoh Taka" is the official song of the FIFA Fan Festival and a single from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Soundtrack.
  • The cross-continental collaboration features Minaj, Maluma, and Fares rapping and singing in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Minaj raps about a girl's night out, and Maluma sings about scoring a last-minute goal.
  • "Tukoh Taka" itself is an Arabic term meaning "knock knock" or "click clack." Throughout the song, Fares repeats the title phrase or the similar "tukoh tuh, ta-ta" 70 times.
  • In the song's context, the lyric leans into "tiki-taka," a system of play primarily associated with FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. The style of quick, incisive one-touch passing was popularized by Spain during the 2006 World Cup.
  • Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares wrote the euphoric song with a long list of co-writers: Scott Summers, Dizzycleanface, Gary Walker, luXe Timeless, Monique Fonseca Luchese, Raúl Antonio Treviño, Steven Cespedes and Wassim Salibi.
  • The three artists rap and sing over reggaeton-inspired rhythms and high-energy house beats. The producers are:

    Texan sibling production duo Play N Skillz, comprising Juan "Play" and Oscar "Skillz" Salinas. Their other credits include Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" and Lil Wayne's "Got Money."

    Guatemalan American DJ and record producer Gordo. He produced five tracks on Drake's 2022 Honestly, Nevermind album, including "Sticky" and "Massive."

    Massari, who is a Canadian R&B/pop singer of Lebanese origins.

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