What a way to kick off

2010-06-11 17:47

Farrah Francis was among the thousands who attended the 2010 Fifa World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert. She relates her experience.

Throngs of people descended upon Orlando Stadium in Soweto last

night to kick-start their World Cup celebrations.

Fans of soccer and music came out in green and gold, South African

flags and makarapas for the first 2010 Fifa World Cup Celebration


Despite the bitterly cold weather that gripped the stadium, fans

kept warm by dancing and singing along with the vast talent on offer.

The concert started at 4pm with opening acts such as Loyiso Bala, Siphokazi, Tumi, 340ml and Lira, while DJs kept the

crowds growing with classics by Brenda Fassie, Miriam Makeba and TKZee.

As temperatures continued to drop, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma took to the stage to open the concert, with

Zuma thanking fans for showing tourists and visitors warmth.

First to perform were the Black Eyed Peas, who started with their

hit song, Where Is The Love? They performed three songs, finishing off with

their smash hit, I Gotta Feeling.

Malian artists Miriam and Amadou then took to the stage, preceding

the unique Angelique Kidjo, who flexed her amazing vocal chords. Vieux Farka

Toure and Vusi Mahlasela also impressed crowds with their truly African


John Legend performed only two songs.

A visibly pregnant Alicia Keys took to the stage in leggings,

killer heels and a beaded top. The songstress sang her hit song, Sleeping with a

Broken Heart, and Empire State of Mind before collaborating with South African

rockers the Blk Jks.

Sama winners the Parlotones and Big Nuz also performed.

By far one of the most memorable performances of the evening was

Somali hip-hop star K’Naan who performed his song, Wavin’ Flag, alongside

Will.I.am of the Black Eyed Peas.

The stadium erupted when K’naan did a rendition of Wavin’ Flag

which saw crowds doing just that.

The final act was Colombian singer Shakira, who set the stage

alight with the official World Cup song, Waka Waka, which she performed with

local act Freshlyground.

The concert was without a doubt a precursor of things to come.

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