BJORK KICKS OFF OLYMPICS

The Icelandic star sings at the opening ceremony with a track she wrote especially for the games…

BJORK kicked off the 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES in ATHENS on Friday (August 13) with a performance at the opening ceremony.

The singer sang the track ’Oceania’ – a song she wrote especially for the event – for an estimated broadcast audience of 4.5 billion.

Bjork took to the stage at around 11pm local time immediately after the parade of athletes had finished and when all 14,000 participants were gathered together in the centre field.

Speaking before her performance, the star said: “I am incredibly honoured to have been asked to write a song and sing it at the Olympics. The song is written from the point of view of the ocean that surrounds all the land and watches over the humans to see how they are doing after millions of years of evolution. It sees no borders, different races or religion which has always been at the core of these.”

’Oceania’ appears on Bjork’s forthcoming album ’Medulla’ – due for release on August 30.

As previously reported on NME.COM, ’Medulla’ features collaborations with a wide variety of artists including beatboxers including former [/a] member Rahzel.

Also featured are tracks with Fantomas/Mr Bungle mainman Mike Patton, classical vocalist Gregory Purnhagen, singer / songwriter [a], Inuit throat singer Tagaq and the Icelandic and London choirs.