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Release is the most popular song by the Afro Celt Music System, earning a nomination for a Grammy award in the Best World Music category. The song carries the band’s signature sound, fusing of Irish, West African and electronic music influences, and incorporating Celtic and Western African instruments. Fun fact: the song is actually sung in two languages! The fabulous Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor sings the English parts of the song, which focus on the band’s loss of their founding member and keyboardist Jo Bruce. In the second verse, the band’s vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird reflects on life, singing entirely in Celtic. This song has a rich rhythmic section, offering a fun challenge for learners.