Listen to Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness (1 Hope)’ from Ted Lasso, Season 2, Episode 8

British rapper and producer Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness (1 Hope)‘ showed up on the soundtrack on Ted Lasso this week — Ted Lasso, Season 2, Episode 8, “Man City“.

The song was played as Sharon is on her bike heading to her office.

Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness (1 Hope)‘ is the lead single from the rapper’s sophomore studio album Run Come Save Me, which came out in 2001 via the Big Dada and Ninja Tune record labels.

The song was a success in Roots Manuva’s home country the UK, where it charted on four charts and peaked in the #1 spot on the UK Dance chart.

It became an even bigger success for the rapper, however, when it came to being licensed for hit TV shows.

That is because the track has been used not only on Ted Lasso, but also on the soundtracks of shows like Sex Education, Youngers, Trigonometry, Love Island (UK) and Skins (UK), as well as in the movie Children of Men.

The song also has a funny music video featuring Roots Manuva going back to his primary school to compete in Sports Day. Something he did when he was a child, and came last in every event.

In the video, he trains as an adult and ultimately wins every Sports Day event.

Of course, Manuva also cheats in every event and the kids grow to hate him.

Listen to Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness (1 Hope)‘ as heard on Ted Lasso last night in that video, and on his Run Come Save Me album.



About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.