Waka Waka for the World Cup

By admin
07 May 2010

Things keep looking up for popular South African band Freshlyground - and now they are singing part of the official 2010 Fifa World Cup song.

They can’t stop talking about Shakira, the Colombian pop star with whom they will perform the song at a concert at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium on 10 June, a day before the official opening of the soccer tournament.

Waka Waka was written by Shakira and although not everyone is enthusiastic about the song Freshlyground are enjoying every minute of their unique World Cup experience.

“Shakira has an amazing presence and an impressive work ethic plus she’s incredibly charming,” flautist Simon Attwell says.

Not everyone agrees with Zolani Mahola, Freshlyground’s lead singer, when she says the band believes the song will inspire people worldwide.

“Honestly, I’ve never heard a good soccer song and this is another good example,” Idols judge Randall Abrahams says. “It’s naff, to say the least, hearing Shakira sing to an ersatz African beat.”

Be that as it may it’s still wonderful to have the soccer World Cup on local soil. And that’s how Freshlyground’s Simon wants South Africans to feel when they hear the tournament’s official song.

“We’d like South Africans to be excited and proud - the music should generate feelings of positivity and euphoria. This is our time to shine on the world’s stage.”

Waka Waka

(This time for Africa)

Official song, Fifa

World Cup 2010

You’re a good soldier

Choosing your battles

Pick yourself up

And dust yourself off

Get back in the saddle

You’re on the front line

Everyone’s watching

You know it’s serious

We’re getting closer

This isn’t over

The pressure’s on;

you feel it

But you got it all; believe it

When you fall get up oh oh

And if you fall get up eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa

’Cause this is Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh

Waka waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa

This time for Africa

Listen to your god;

this is our motto

Your time to shine

Don’t wait in line

Y vamos por todo

People are raising their

expectations

Go on and feel it

This is your moment

No hesitation

Today’s your day

I feel it

You paved the way

Believe it

If you get down

Get up oh oh

When you get down

Get up eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa

This time for Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh

Waka waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa

Anawa aa

Tsamina mina eh eh

Waka waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa

This time for Africa

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