Shakira: SWC song an honour

2010-04-28 09:09

New York  - Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), written and co-produced by global superstar Shakira with South African band Freshlyground has been chosen as the Official Song of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

"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," said Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground. "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!"

The song will be performed by Shakira with  Freshlyground at the Closing Ceremony before the FIFA World Cup Final on July 11 in Johannesburg Soccer City Stadium. All proceeds from the song will benefit FIFA's Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup "20 Centers for 2010."

The song combines Afro-Colombian instrumentation and rhythms with a Soca beat and Southern African guitar. The chorus borrows from a favorite Cameroonian marching chant made popular by the group Golden Voices.

"The official song is as much awaited by the fans as the mascot or the logo. It is part of the identity of the world’s most exciting sport’s event. This song is the personification of the African rhythm and identity and sets the pace for this unique event. I am looking forward to hear the song throughout the tournament and watch it performed by Shakira and Freshlyground at the Final", said Joseph S Blatter, FIFA President.

"I am honoured that Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) was chosen to be part of the excitement and the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup," said Shakira. "The FIFA World Cup is a miracle of global excitement, connecting every country, race, religion and condition around a single passion. It represents an event that has the power to unite and integrate, and that’s what this song is about."

Shakira continued, "African music is so inspiring and is poised to take its place on the global pop culture stage. I was proud to be able to work with one of South Africa’s most acclaimed groups, Freshlyground." The song was co-produced by Shakira's frequent collaborator, John Hill.

Football for Hope

The song will be launched on April 28 and made available for download through digital retail outlets the week of May 11. It also will be included on Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album to be released the week of May 31 by Sony Music Entertainment. A Spanish language version of the track, Waka Waka (Esto es Africa), will be made available in certain markets.

Proceeds from the album will benefit FIFA's 20 Centers for 2010 initiative, whose aim is to achieve positive social change through football by building twenty Football for Hope centres for public health, education and football across Africa, and other African charities.
In addition to her performance at the final match, Shakira will be one of the headline performers at the official FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert on June 10, broadcast from Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg South Africa.

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

  • guess.... - 2010-04-28 10:05

    what a stupid name for a song.

  • Gina - 2010-04-28 10:27

    No comment really, why not a SA Artist and band, but then again FIFA wants all.

  • Ricci - 2010-04-28 10:34

    something good to read about finally!!!

  • firavolla - 2010-04-28 11:18

    Why not k'naan with David Bisbal and 'Wavin' Flag'? It sounds a lot better and it's much more suited.

  • Stephanie - 2010-04-28 11:40

    this song is something that makes me miss africa - almost makes me forget the rape and violence that made me leave...

  • LOL @ Gina - 2010-04-28 11:49

    @gina- please read the article b4 commenting because funny enough, freshly ground is south african

  • Tsietsi Ya Rona - 2010-04-28 12:20

    It's clear that people will forever complain,talented artists came up with a briliant project and all you can say is "stupid". we have a serious problem among the people of South Africa, forever complaining and not doing any better themselves. WAKA WAKA is the official 2010 song, get used to it!!

  • NickK - 2010-04-28 13:31

    Just listened to it on Youtube. What a mediocre song! Thanks Fifa for "allowing" a GREAT South African band to be a small part of a mediocre song. FG could have done so much better on their own and it would have been authentic South African. Very disappointing!

  • Ronaldo - 2010-04-28 17:10

    Love it!! The song is perfect and for all the people complaining....Save it!

  • Lloyd - 2010-04-28 19:18

    @Gina - You seem to forget that the Soccer World Cup is a _global_ event, I seem to recall that SWC2006's song wasn't done in German, and Freshlyground is South African. Nice job finding the one shred of negativity for a song that inspires so much good.

  • KJ - 2010-04-28 22:26

    Why is the South African 2010 World Cup Song not performed by a SOUTH AFRICAN!? Tell me Johnny Clegg wouldn't be good enough, or the Soweto Gospel Choir etc etc. Shakira in partnership with sony (and freshly ground get to accompany her, how sweet Fifa) seriously? What bollocks!

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  • Renee - 2010-04-29 08:37 This song makes my African blood jump up and dance in my veins!!

  • Cindy Botha - 2010-04-29 10:33

    Why couldnt you be original and make up our OWN WOLRD CUP SONG FOR SOUTH AFRICA.... that song has even been sung on the Comores island for years!!!

  • Steve - 2010-04-29 13:36

    Waka Waka sounds very similar to "wakka takka." Any guesses at what makes that sound, aahaha.

  • PRESHEN GOVENDER - 2010-05-03 13:52

    great song I want to name my kids after it

  • Theodore - 2010-05-06 20:47

    I LOVE IT!!

  • Nicole - 2010-05-09 18:34

    Why all the negativity guys? We are AFRICA!! stop the ever complaining and join in the excitement, this is a ones in a lifetime event, if i hear the song i just wana dance! Come on SA feel the spirit!!!!

  • Tsholo - 2010-05-13 15:00

    Great song ,

  • Nicola - 2010-05-14 14:00

    Okay, love it, hate it. But am I the only one seeing something wrong with single's art work...Where's the rest of FG's members? It doesn't matter that FG is featured obviously as this seems to be Shakira's single full stop.

  • Daniël - 2010-05-15 12:46

    I don't even like Shakira, Freshly Ground or FIFA for that matter. BUT I do like that song! So up beat, african sound, with an international mix. Good one I LIKE!!! Hup HOLLAND hup!

  • Warick - 2010-06-01 14:37

    This song is amazing!! and shakira is hot!

  • Thabang - 2010-06-01 14:41

    Nice one!

  • brakk - 2010-06-01 15:49

    Great song!!!Shakira,U sexyffing!!!lol...i` must get the song!eishhh

  • RichyRich - 2010-06-01 16:03

    I heard the song recently and sorry to say,what a lot of crap.

  • thobie - 2010-06-01 16:06

    I do like the song but I wish they could have specified that it's South Africa not Africa as they put it. 2006 was Germany they didn't say Europe. Africa is a continent South Africa is a country that is hosting the world cup, there's a difference.

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