Thursday, June 24, 2010

Listen Up!

What’s an event without a theme song?

Yes, it’s the FIFA 2010 World Cup official album! This is a joint effort studio album, by both international artiste and local South African artiste, too.

Honestly, the only FIFA theme I could remember is Ricky Martin and his ‘Cup of Life song (with gratuitous ‘bon-bon’shaking) and the legendary Queens’ ‘We Are the Champions’ classic. But for this year’s event, we have Shakira!

Her song, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) is a catchy song, with poppy, upbeat tunes and lyrics. This song features Freshlygrounds, a band that provided the amazing, traditional South African beats, into an amazing fusion of modern pop and traditional and authentic.

This album introduces Nneka, a Nigerian artist, with her track ‘Viva Africa’. It’s a fast paced rock, with kids singing the chorus. It definitely captures the spirit of the game, and the pride of the land.

‘One Day’ is another of my favourites, performed by Matisyahu featuring Nameless. By the way, Matisyahu, is an American Jewish singer. Talk about international collaboration! It’s a slow song, a slow number with positive messages on peace and love.

This album is not just for football fans, it caters for those non-footie fans, too. (I have never liked football). It offers an amazing line up of artists and songs – Nneka is simply amazing; Claudia Leitte has a strong voice; artists which you’ve never heard, but their tracks are just good; songs makes you feel like dancing and anticipate the next game. It has a mix of genres, which offers even more variety: slow, pop, reggae, choir-like background singers.

I think this album captures the excitement of the game; the euphoria of the crowds, the patriotism and nationalism exhibited by football players and fans: pride for your own country

Viva Africa!

-- reviewed by Xerva @ VanessaV





Sign of a Victory
(Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Anthem)

R. Kelly ft Soweto Spiritual Singers


Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song)

Shakira ft Freshyground


Viva Africa



One Day

Matisyahu featuring Nameless


Shosholoza 2010

Ternielle Nelson, Jason Hartman, Uju, Louis Carver, Aya, & Deep Level


Ke Nako

J Pre, Wyclef Jean, Jazmine Sullivan, B. Howard


Move On Up

Angelique Kidjo and John Legend


Spirit of Freedom

Uju and Jude Bailey


Game On

(Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Mascot Song)

Pitbull, TKZee, and Dario G


Maware Maware

Misia ft M2J and Francis Jocky


As Mascaras

(South Africa '10 to Brasil '14)

Claudia Leitte and Lira


Hope (with Nelson Mandela)

Siphiwo ft Message of Hope from Nelson Mendela


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