Namie Amuro takes over the rap originally performed by Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes

TLC have re-recorded their classic hit ‘Waterfalls’ with a Japanese pop singer.

The band’s two surviving members, T-Boz and Chilli, are joined on the new version of ‘Waterfalls’ by Namie Amuro, who takes over the rap originally performed by Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Lopes was killed in a car crash in Honduras in 2002.

The new ‘Waterfalls’ will only be released in Japan, but Left Eye’s sister Reigndrop Lopes has claimed she wasn’t informed in advance. “I did not know about it until a fan posted it online. I mean, it would have been nice if they would have given us a heads up before being surprised,” she told TMZ. However, Lopes added that she had no objections to the re-recording, providing it remains a Japan-only release.

Released in 1995, ‘Waterfalls’ became TLC’s most successful single, spending seven weeks at Number One in the US and peaking at Number Four in the UK. The song was covered by UK girl-group StooShe last year with T-Boz and Chilli making a cameo in the video.

Last month (May), TLC revealed they are recording their first album of new material since 2002’s ‘3D’ with collaborators including Drake and Ne-Yo. The duo are set to make their live comeback next month at The Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which runs from July 26-27.