I heard there was a an unofficial World Cup song floating around called "Waka Waka" by Shakira but never bothered checking. There have been quite a few so I was just waiting for FIFA to pick the official one. However, a South African friend of mine forwarded me an article in which the South Africans weren't too happy about Shakira's unofficial World Cup song and come to fined out, it was a remix to Zangalewa's "Waka Waka" hit. So you know the Cameroonian in me had to listen!!
At first listen, many things came to mind
1) I hope Zangalewa gets their compensation for this.
2) Does she know what she is singing about?
3) I'm happy she is repping the home of the lions but why not rep SA, maybe a remix of one of Brenda Fassie's electric hits ( to show love for SA)
4) I grew up on Zangalewa but I have mixed feelings about the remix (I am trying to be into it but not really feeling it) even though I like Shakira no one does it better than Zangalewa.
5) Why is the opening ceremony musical line up looking like A Live Aid concert. Even Bono has jumped on the World Cup theme song band wagon.
6) Alicia Keys, John Legend, Black Eye Peas (ok I like the Black eyed peas but I hope the other two leave their pianos behind, African drums should be in order lol)
7) Where are the young African Hit makers in the line up?
8) We all know after the publicity of the opening ceremony some of these musicians would be no where in sight.
9) Is there a World Cup in which Shakira does not make a world cup song?
10) I hope K'NAAN get his shine because Waving flag is very nice song.
11) "Everywhere U Go" really displays a collaborative effort involving African artist that others can emulate.
Ok let me stop but here it is for those who haven't heard it. What do you think? Hit or Miss?
Shakira's soccer anthem doesn't impress some
JOHANNESBURG: Pop star Shakira's official World Cup anthem "Waka Waka" has received an unofficial "no, no" from South Africans.
The song, which is in collaboration with South African band Freshlyground, was released to radio stations last week but has not hit the right note with football fans in the host country."It's horrible," local fan Lindi Munonde said. "I'm not standing for it. I mean what is our president doing about it?" "Waka Waka – Time for Africa" takes its inspiration from Cameroonian music, but South Africans aren't convinced Colombian singer Shakira is the right person to represent Africa's first World Cup.
"Really, I mean, how is Shakira going to sing the African part of it?" said Nomaswazi Thomo, another local fan from Johannesburg.The "Whenever, Wherever" star is to travel to South Africa to sing the new anthem, alongside Freshlyground, before the July 11 World Cup final at the 94,000-seat Soccer City stadium near Soweto.The 33-year-old Shakira is one of a string of international artists also performing at FIFA's June 10 Kickoff concert to mark the start of the tournament.
The Kickoff lineup, which includes American artists Alicia Keys and Black Eyed Peas, was criticized in South Africa, where locals felt their own musicians had been sidelined.World Cup organizers have now agreed to add more local artists.Radio stations in South Africa say there has also been a strong reaction to the Waka Waka song."I love it that South Africans are just coming together as South Africans and saying, 'We've got our own people and it's an African World Cup. It's ours,"' 702 Talk Radio presenter Jenny Cryws-Williams said. "We are going to put on a fantastic World Cup. Why don't we have South Africans doing it for us?"