Let’s reach a compromise over the monotone drone

2010-06-16 09:26

Let me start by putting it out there: The vuvuzela does not give

the slightest hint of pleasurable noise.

It reminds me of the sound of a miniscule jet engine, a fart on

steroids or, if you will – a taxi hooter that is not working properly.


No amount of “vuvu orchestras” can relegate this sorry excuse for

plastic litter to the status of musical instrument.

That’s the truth.

So why do

South Africans insist on not even compromising for the international World Cup

audience?


First we have to agree that a significant number of people blowing

the vuvuzela at stadiums are foreign.

Next we need to acknowledge that a number

of South Africans, regardless of colour, hate the plastic tube.


So let’s not patronise each other with accusations of

racism/imperialism whenever one complains about the vuvuzela.

We need to agree

that the vuvuzela has undermined all other South African soccer traditions that

have been in existence for years, like singing, dancing and chanting.


What we need to realise is that we can’t keep hammering on about an

African welcome to the world and then not take the irritations of our

international audience (including the local audience) seriously.

That’s not what

African hospitality is about.


Agreed, banning the vuvuzela is out of the question, but we need to

reach a compromise. Why won’t we compromise?


If a certain team cannot bring it’s A-game because of the vuvuzela,

is that something to be proud of just because we see it as some sort of

(Pyrrhic) victory over perceived imperialism?


Is that what the African World Cup is about?


I hope not.
 

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