2010 WORLD CUP: A LANDMARK IN THE HISTORY OF AFRICA

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was a major success. There was no unrest, the environment was ravishing and the games were entertaining. Africa showed that it has come a long way, and is ready to host important world events. Hopefully the next thing in the agenda, is the Olympics.

The 2010 World Cup theme song WAKA WAKA was great and here is an interesting story of the song.

TIME FOR AFRICA: WAKA WAKA

I like the new song by Freshlyground and Shakira, called Waka Waka [2010 world Cup theme song]. It reminds me of childhood. Waka Waka is inspired by a famous African song, Zangalewa. This classic song was a hit when I was growing up in Uganda. In my grade school, we had class presentations every Friday, and all the classes wanted to replicate the three singers {dancers} in the Zangalewa video. Children stuffing their pants to have protruding behinds and smearing their faces with chalk. Once anyone heard the trumpets at the beginning of the song. the mood was set, a crescendo of pulsating hearts. The song brought an aura of enthusiasm, joy and unity in the atmosphere.

It is the perfect 2010 World Cup song. since I believe the primary goal of the World Cup is to promote unity and peace in the world.

Here is some lyric translation:

Zamina mina hé hé (come come)Waka waka éé é (Do it do it - as in perform a task. Other websites postulate that this is pidgin so waka as in work)Zamina mina zaaangaléwa (come come, who dispatched you?)Ana wam a a (it/he is mine, yes)

yango é é (wait)yango éé é (wait)Zamina mina zaaangaléwa (come come, who dispatched you?)Ana wam a a (it/he is mine, yes)

The group that sang it used to be called Golden Sounds but the song became so popular that the group changed its name to Zangalewa. The Zangalewa video was so humorous. Even when I watch the video today, I laugh out loud. This version is the full one and the Waka Waka part is towards the end.

The soldiers in the background were also doing their thing!!!!

THE FULL VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL 2010 WORLD CUP THEME SONG

Below is the World Cup version by Shakira and Freshlyground. I like the fact that there are so many nationalities in the video, which promotes unity. There is the goal keeper for Cameroon in the video, Kameni. Marquez, a Mexican. Messi, from Argentina and Pique of Spain. Something historical is going to take place in South Africa and the song is very fitting. Consider the fact for many years Africa could not host something of this magnitude, and the time has finally come, hence the song, This time for Africa. The hidden treasurers of Africa are slowly being unveiled.

WAKA WAKA BY SHAKIRA AND FRESHLYGROUND

MOMENTS FROM THE MEMORABLE WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA CONCERT:

K'naan from Somalia consolidated the aura of unity as he sang Wave Your Flag

Mali is represented well at the concert.

Alicia Keys and a great South African guitarist at the World Cup Concert

Miriam Makeba's Pata Pata being sung with great joy. Hugh Masekela one of the great South African singers, blowing that horn. Truly a priceless moment of the 2010 World Cup.

More of Hugh Masekela

Liberia's, Angelique Kidjo, spreading the African love at the 2010 World Cup concert.

Vusi Mahlasela brought the house down with his unique voice and guitar playing. I love his story-telling and relevance. He was one of the voices that helped unify the country during Apartheid. His music gave the oppressed people of South Africa hope.

More of the great Vusi Mshlasela

The clicking sound he makes in the beginning is part of the Zulu language.

Vieux Farka Toure from Mali shows off his guitar skills.

Shakira sings Waka Waka the official 2010 World Cup Song.

The World Cup was a major success. The link below analyzes the success of the World Cup and its impact on South Africa. South Africa represented the continent well.

The Black Stars, heroes of the African World Cup

2010 World Cup Success


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