Africa tune to rock World Cup

2010-04-29 00:00

YESTERDAY marked the launch of the official 2010 Fifa World Cup song, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), which features Colombian ar­tist Shakira and South Africa’s heavy­weight band Freshly Ground.

“We are thrilled to have collaborated with Shakira on Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), especially as we feel that the song captures the spirit and energy of the African World Cup,” Zolani Mahola of Fresh­lyground told News24.

“We are certain the song will inspire people around the world to celebrate the gathering of nations at the place where it all started — here in Africa!”

It is also reported that the song will be performed by Shakira and Freshlyground at the closing ceremony before the Fifa World Cup final, on July 11 at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

The song will be available for download through digital retail outlets from May 11. It also will be included on Listen Up! The Official 2010 Fifa World Cup Album to be released on May 31, Sony Music Entertainment said.

Sony Music Entertainment told The Witness that consumers will only get to buy the album from major music stores three to four days after the release date.

The video for Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) will be available in mid-May in standard definition as well as in 3D, reports said.

Proceeds from the album will go towards Fifa’s 20 Centres for 2010 initiative, which aims to achieve po­sitive social change through football by building 20 Football for Hope centres for public health, education and football across Africa, News24 reported.

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