Rapper Dave joins forces with Sir David Attenborough for unique natural history project

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Sir David Attenborough speaks at the launch of the UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit, being held in partnership with Italy this autumn in Glasgow, at the Science Museum on February 4, 2020 in London, England. Johnson will reiterate the government's commitment to net zero by the 2050 target and call for international action to achieve global net zero emissions. The PM is also expected to announce plans to bring forward the current target date for ending new petrol and diesel vehicle sales in the UK from 2040 to 2035, including hybrid vehicles for the first time. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Sir David Attenborough at the launch of the COP26 UN Climate Summit, in February 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

UK rapper Dave will join forces with natural history and broadcasting legend Sir David Attenborough in a new project.

The unlikely collaboration, called Planet Earth: A Celebration, will bring a sequence of scenes together from the wildly successful Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II with new narration from Attenborough as well as a new score from composer Hans Zimmer.

Talking about what BBC Director-General Tony Hall has labelled “a spectacular treat for the viewers”, Brit Award winning artist Dave said: “I’ve always been fan of powerful natural history documentaries.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rapper Dave accepts the Mastercard Album of The Year Award during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Rapper Dave accepts the Mastercard Album of The Year Award during The BRIT Awards 2020 in London. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

“This is a programme where nature and music come together, so it was only right that I lent my talent, my time, and my attention to this project. It was a pleasure to work alongside Sir David Attenborough and Hans Zimmer.”

Hans Zimmer added: “Working with David on so many of his magnificent programs celebrating nature and our planet has been a joy for me.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 16: Hans Zimmer of 'Seven Worlds, One Planet' speaks onstage during the AMC Networks portion of the Winter 2020 TCA Press Tour on January 16, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
Hans Zimmer speaks onstage during the AMC Networks portion of the Winter 2020 TCA Press Tour on January 16, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

“I am constantly inspired by what he is able to capture, and the collection of sequences featured in Planet Earth: A Celebration is truly special. It was an honour to once again work with David, Jacob Shea and the BBC Concert Orchestra to highlight these incredible stories once again.”

From Blue Planet II, viewers will once again see the surfing bottlenose dolphins on the East Cape of South Africa, catching the waves, playing and surfing near the shoreline.

Of the well-loved scene, Attenborough said: “As far as we can tell, they do so for the sheer joy of it.”

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Sir David Attenborough addresses the UK Climate Assembly on January 25, 2020 in Birmingham, England. The assembly members will give up four weekends between January and March 2020 to discuss questions around how the UK meet the Government’s legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)
Sir David Attenborough addresses the UK Climate Assembly on January 25, 2020 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)

It will also include a deadly battle between a common octopus and a pyjama shark in the kelp forests off the coast of southern Africa and bird-eating giant trevallies fish of the Indian Ocean.

From Planet Earth II, fans can expect the Bafta-winning scene which saw hatchling marine iguanas attempting to escape a hunting mob of racer snakes in Fernandina, Galapagos.

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We will also see a pride of hungry desert lions attempt to take down a giraffe several times their size in Namibia.

Hall added: “With brand new narration from the brilliant David Attenborough, a new score from Hans Zimmer and the team at Bleeding Fingers played by the BBC Concert Orchestra with Dave on the piano, this thrilling journey around the world promises to lift everyone's spirits.”