South Africans unhappy about Shakira singing world cup anthem – Waka Waka

Everyone is making a big fuss over the fact that a non South African is singing the world cup song. They claim that Fifa is a ‘South African’ event and should feature South African talent.

Let me explain why they are wrong, Fifa has always been an international event featuring entertainment from all the continents participating. Meaning that if you look at past World Cups it was not exclusively for that country that hosts it, yes of course the country gets a lot of ‘attention’ for it being held there but it is not just about them. South Africans are just acting in a very self absorbed way showing the world they think they are the most important part of the event. But we are not, the soccer is, the game, the players and their fans who have come to see them is. It is a opportunity for us to show the world what South Africa can offer and how wonderful the people can be but instead I just read comment after comment about how unsatisfied South Africans are with the lack of attention our artist are getting.

Here is the video of the Fifa soccer world cup 2006 opening ceremony, it took place in Berlin. Guess what Shakira and Wyclef Jean sang the song Hips Don’t Lie Bamboo version, do you get it now? Fifa needs something they can sell, it must be able to bring in a income and sorry to say I am not sure that a South African artist will be able to sell records the way Shakira does.

Shakira – Hips Dont Lie Bamboo Live at Fifa 2006

Personally I don’t like the Waka Waka song, there is too much reference to soldiers, war and talking about soccer as if it’s a god. Plus it is rather unfair that Shakira is doing the anthem song again for this world cup, they could have been more creative in their choice of artist. But having said that I prefer it to all other options we have been given and it remains Fifa’s choice. This is a world event South Africans should embrace it as such and not be so obsessed with recognition of Africa and make other people feel welcome rather than that they are intruding in ‘our’ limelight. In the end Fifa wants to make money and in the end that is what a big international artist will bring them, we cannot change that. So instead of attacking Shakira and making a fuss, accept it and be gracious about the whole thing and promote the South African group Freshlyground that will be singing along with Shakira.

Freshlyground – "Pot Belly" Music Video

So rather than getting hung up on Shakira celebrate that such a wonderful diverse group of singers as Freshlyground is representing our country.

Update:

Watch Shakira’s performance at the Fifa World Cup grand opening for 2010 here. She was really the best choice for the performance, kicking off the world cup with a bang. 

Newest Update:

Tonight was the last night of the soccer World Cup. South Africa gave a wonderful closing ceremony once again opening with Shakira singing the World Cup anthem Waka Waka. Both Shakira and Freshlyground gave an outstanding performance. If you missed it watch it here.

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47 thoughts on “South Africans unhappy about Shakira singing world cup anthem – Waka Waka

  1. Really? A Colombian slut? REALLY?! I take it you have grouds to be saying what you’re saying. Looks to me like you’re JEALOUS that that “slut” has the fame she has, after EARNING it, and has a goergous body that she has WORKED for and has a MUCH bigger heart than you’ll EVER have, obviously.

    So that Colombian “slut” is a million times more succesful thatn you’ll ever be. Good job, bitch. You just made yourself look like an idiot. How does it feel?

  2. I would be angry too if a Colombian slut sang the world cup anthem at MY home country. It’s like a slap in the face to South Africa, and I understand their sentiments and sympathize accordingly.

    1. Woooow. Seriously!? Calm down. You don’t need to act like that towards Shakira. Slut!? Haha that’s funny because obviously you’re just jealous you’re not her.

  3. I am Brazilian. I don’t know South African at all, but after listening to Shakira and Knaan, I started to get interest in African culture. In the song there is a South African singing in her dialect and it is amazing. Shakira has one of the most beautiful voice in the world and she dances very well. For those who dont know she showed the world the Arabic dance, movement, very sensual. It does not matter who sings but doubtless shakira was a very good choice to sing the anthem of the world cup. What else i could say! Shakira is Shakira, a phenomen as a singer and as a person.

  4. Loved the video, love the song, love Shakira , love the World Cup, love the African culture..so what else is there to say?

  5. yes right.. even I liked that native African voice in between very much. And, yes Shakira was the right choice, I think, it was she who made the entire world say “waka waka”.. I doubt others could have made the justice to the song.

  6. Do you know her personally that you feel you can call her a slut….or were you raied by one …your mom perhaps? just asking a bit of jealousy to i think \she is sexy, has the right moves, has a great voice?….lol
    She did just great

  7. So I’m just curious how is she a Colombian slut? Is it because she is an independent woman with a brilliant career and oh actually gives back to people in need, are u aware of the impact that she has had on childrens education? Why do countries find it important to host the world cup? Because it’s an honor and because it helps their economy tremendously, and if FIFA is smart about it, which they are, they will pick a song that best suits the country marketing strategies and foreign interests, and Shakiras lyrics if you actually listen are inspirational, “dust yourself off”, “back on the saddle” and she didn’t have to ask any African artist to collaborate with her but she did because it was the right thing to do, it was the perfect song for this year, and even if u hate the song, waka waka is stuck in your head forever which means that South Africa is now embedded in your head somehow, I don’t see how that’s a bad thing for south africa

  8. This is really unfair. Most of the South Africans I have met are pleasant people full of fun and laughter. I can’t believe that this comment is coming from one of you. I think you are letting yourself and your country down by making such a statement.

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  10. Controversy will always follow, what’s wrong with having a good example, hard working woman, talented who gives so much to the world, not only because or her music but also for her involvement in all kinds of activities to promote education and protection to kids all around the world, singing with a South African group the world cup song?.. Jezzzz Please, this is a World event, not a monopoly, aren’t the group singing with her from there? Silly people!…
    Let’s enjoy the Football fever!!!

  11. Totally agree with Klau and others here; I thought that this was a world event and not a regional separatist bunch of cr…. you all know what I mean…
    anyway, please people when are we going (humans) to understand that love is the answer and not hate?? when there’s division then we all lose… haven’t we learned anything yet?? this is for all the people who like soccer or football in THE WORLD… please stop wasting time hating because : ohh, it wasn’t one of us here in South Africa singing the song … instead show the world what South Africa is about… love, happiness, and anything good that this great land and its people has to offer…. and believe me, there are many great things coming from SA. enjoy the cup !!!!! and thank you for hosting it…

  12. Oh how sad, boo hoo.

    Seriously? This is -THE- WORLD GAME. Stop crying over spilled milk, dude.
    This is THE game -FOR- EVERYONE.

    If you want what’s right, why don’t they go with music of the country where the CREATORS of SOCCER (football) derived from? So, lets take it back to ancient times, shall we? :}
    CHINA! They were the first, take it back to 2nd and 3rd Century BC. Would you prefer it if it was sung in Chinese? No?
    Well, lets take it down a notch. The Romans then adopted it. Hmm, what did they speak? Oh! Latin! Do you want it to be sung in Latin instead?
    Well, that’d be interesting. No? Don’t agree?
    Then lets come down to when the Britons adopted the sport and pretty much CREATED the sport to what we are familiar with TODAY.
    Wait, what was that? You can understand English? Ah! BINGO! Let’s let those who speak English sing the official anthems That’d work, right? I think that’s the ideology here.
    Shakira was perfect for the role; she used some lyrics of the Afrikaans language, so, it works!
    Not only that, she had South Africans sing and perform in her video clip.

    It does not MATTER who the hell sings it. Just get someone of great talent, that the world have a great APPRECIATION TOWARDS. Give the song a few a few requirements:

    1. Make it joyful.
    2. Give it a great beat.
    3. Allow it to build excitement/hype.
    4. Make it in the spirit of the sport.

    Add the rule: Perform it FOR the world.

    So, how did Shakira score?

    Besides, the most official anthem for this year was used in the Coca Cola advert. He is a Somali-Canadian. Missed it?
    It’s “Wavin’ Flag” sung by K’Naan. Being Somalian and moving to the USA at the age of 13, well, my point is, how African can you get?

    But, in the spirit of the sport: Good luck to your team. :)
    GO THE SOCCEROOS.

  13. I have no problem with Shakira singing the “Waka Waka song”. She did a great job at it and the way Freshly Ground joined in was awesome!! Fifa 2010 is for everyone- not only for SA’s people. I liked it

  14. China did not invent or create soccer you nincompoop. Kicking a decapitated head around does not qualify as the invention of soccer. You’re obviously not very educated with regards to commerce and marketing matters, because if you were, you would understand the connections between commerce, FIFA and China. Football is the English game. Golf and curling (although Canadians of Scottish origin made it big in Canada) is the Scottish game. Skiing is the Norwegian game. Basketball and hockey and lacrosse (native) are the Canadian games. Baseball and football are the American game. Get educated and don’t believe everything you read in Wikipedia. Maybe South Africans protest Shakira because she’s kind of tacky.

  15. We south africans love Shakira and we greatful it was her sing the worldcup song. Im south african, and this is EVERYBODYs worldcup. We dont mind who from where sang for us and we want more artists to do the same thing shakira did. This is everybody’s worldcup so we do not mind at all. I personally was amazed to see waka waka video shakira wearing like us.lol. Shakira dear you rock! Ayoba!

  16. if world cup is busniess, then fuck fifa, but if it is to unite the world, let it be so. you said maybe a south africa cannot sell the record like shakira, that is the stupidest thing i have heard, is shakira the best world seller, that is an insult to africans and to you too, u should be ashame of yourself. will columbians accept someone from china to sing their anthem in their opening. am a big fan of shakira but i did not support her singing or being the lead singer in the anthem

  17. FIRST OFF : yeaaah , im mixedd withh south africannn – yeaah? South African music now aa days et alot of crap ? NEVER ET soo shut thhe fuck up withh alL et ! andd if uu ainnt nevaa scaredd too say et to our faces denn bxtchh uu woulLdd be heree riqht now , bxtchh wee wilL murkk youu ! 6 feet under , 12 feet wideee ! uu aint about shit im pretty sure youur not ! who ever can get it bxtch i donnt beef ova ” From The Old ” andd , if uu knew anny betterr youu woulLdd shuut thhe fuck upp ! youu think uu finna sit huurr andd clLownn south africans naaa bxtchh uu buttahdd ! uu are fuckinq HURT! andd whenn i say huurt , bxtchh uu hit by thhe 23 ! bxtch on my mama ! dont make ur self seen hard …why u just actinq on heree bxtch ! i donnt plLay whenn it comess too minnes ! I FEAR NO BITCH OR NIGGA SO WHAT THE FUCK YOU TRYNNA DO CAUSE BXTCH WHEN I COME , I COME DEEP ! hahahaha best shxt i heardd alL day ! how bouut i justt brinq a couplLe peoplLee wimmie andd they’ll murkk uu theirr selLf , uu cann qet thesee hannds bxtchh cuz theyy welLcomme too anybodyy whoree ! i cannn NEVER be scaredd of NO damn boddy ! nope not Savannah Harrod ! i wilL qo riqht inn uu bxtchh nigga ! keep runnin et mouuthh bxtchh denn imma qivee uu sum reallyy too talLk abouut ! soo if uu cominnq , COME HARD ! GOOD DAY !

  18. uh funny all these people you mentioned not even an african or an asian.. all of these are americans… ricky martin is not puerto rican… not as a singer he isn’t! tito el bambino is puerto rican. the record company counts honey not the country of origin or birth or whatever…
    anyhoo here it was time for africa…. it didn’t have to be a south african but any african! like in asia i would have loved to see indian performers or japanese or korean or chinese wushu performances not americanised latinos. besides this specific song should have been sang by an african (she sings this song from the disco version released in colombia)… i hoped to find at least damien and nas at the inauguration.. but only the white washed americans! i wonder why
    they are doing the right thing by complaining….. white supremacy is not never going to die but at least we should try to fight it

  19. What a shallow unpatriotic opinion you have, I don’t know who is more full of themselves you or the person who wrote this tragic attempt at being a writer. Firstly the song “waka waka” had all south africans confused to what is being sung in the song as no one in south africa knew what waka waka means. Indeed south africa may not have the current talent that can be staged on the international stage and bring in money but congratulations to freshly ground for representing the talent south africa has.
    Secondly you have south africans confused for american musician…. South Africans do have their own swagger be it the skater boy skinny jeans look, the barbie boer meisie look, the ladies with their weaves or whatever it may be SA people got swag! But being the fossil you are I certainly doubt you got any but I’m sure you have a serious case of “haterism” who still listens to Queen and Smokey??? South Africa does not need your kind the kind of people who wake up and have nothing positive to say but yet are in line to reap the rewards.

  20. What a shallow unpatriotic opinion you have, I don’t know who is more full of themselves you or the person who wrote this tragic attempt at being a writer. Firstly the song “waka waka” had all south africans confused to what is being sung in the song as no one in south africa knew what waka waka means. Indeed south africa may not have the current talent that can be staged on the international stage and bring in money but congratulations to freshly ground for representing the talent south africa has.
    Secondly you have south africans confused for american musician…. South Africans do have their own swagger be it the skater boy skinny jeans look, the barbie boer meisie look, the ladies with their weaves or whatever it may be SA people got swag! But being the fossil you are I certainly doubt you got any but I’m sure you have a serious case of “haterism” who still listens to Queen and Smokey??? South Africa does not need your kind the kind of people who wake up and have nothing positive to say but yet are in line to reap the rewards.

  21. I think it is great hearing someone else sing for a change!
    We sick and tired of having South African music pushed down our throats….singers being
    interviewed wearing sunglass indoors….LOL …caps turned to the side like retards?….grabbing their private parts while they sing? and as for the music videos big arses swinging around low cut tops…nothing decent nomore to watch …..General ek kom jou dogter haal? “Baby Chocolates? who writes such stupid songs …ou pampoen?…..anna se kombuiskas or something …..or some one swinging her scraggy “hair” around and mixing english and Afrikaans together or trying to sing someone elses song utter crap!……gone are the days of good music …..Billy Forrest…..Four Jacks and a Jill…Rabbit….Margaet Singana not sure of the spelling who cares her music was good?………Bles Bridges…..Carika K ……The Bats….Clout now there was a great all girl band!!!!!!….oversea’s singers Modern Talking… Smokey .. Queen …Elton John….. and many more now every Tom Dick and Harry tries to sing their music and just makes a mess of it…….at least they sang songs that made sense…..
    Lets face it South African music now days is a lot of crap everyone thinks they can sing and the funnist part is they believe they are great singers….LOL………..AND PEOPLE BUY THEIR CD’S ??……….
    YOU GO SHAKIRIA ………just sorry its not a decent song you will be singing…….GO GIRL WE CANT WAIT!!!!!….we starved for decent singers

  22. LOL….you must also have a dvd or cd out with “KAK! music on
    LOL…LOL… ooooooooooh say what you want call me what you like KAK! BLY kak! NOTHING WRONG WITH SMOKEY AND QUEEN.
    Now what rewards would i stand to reap South Africa’s got “swag” and have their own “swagger” ..Lord!!! another wanna be!”Barbie boere miesie”…Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah what a good laugh.
    By the way who said anything about “Waka Waka” it was great- stop smoking your under wear and read the comments properly

  23. To anonymous whose post is entitled ‘I think it is great hearing’ – I’ve tried but I cannot understand a word you’re saying!!

  24. As a proudly South African citizen I have to disagree, I do not believe the uproar is without cause. While I do agree that FIFA needs to pursue the most profitable option Shakira is South American and banks on a very sexually charged approach. Freshly ground represents some of our best talent and are more than capable of holding their own on the record. They are authentic and a testament to our diversity. Sadly though, some listings of the track make no mention of them as they have taken a back seat once again to what seems to “sell.”

  25. I don’t think that this song is suited for the 2010 World Cup
    The meaning of the song itself doesn’t even fit with the Cup.
    “Waka waka – Do the job
    Tsaminamina zangalewa – where do you come from?
    Waka – it is mine
    Zambo – wait
    Tsaminamina- Come”

    If it is an event in South Africa, then they should rather let South African artist do the World Cup songs
    There are a lot of South African artists who are more than capable to do that
    I.E…
    Liani May
    Karen Zoid
    Glaskas
    Van Coke Kartel
    etc
    etc
    etc

    It doesn’t matter what artist they used, it would have been more South African
    Using an artist from another country just insinuates that South Africa is incapable of doing the song?

    Just my opinion thought

  26. This isnt about South Africans is it? Its about Jealousy, Political issues and EGO… We know our artists could have sang the anthem… But Shakira did and most of us loved the song but for that jealousy and ego someone came up with that idea that one of our artist should have sang… Who cares about this ego, This is time for us to be thankful not to be greedy… If youre reading and youre South African, when is this ego and jealousy is going to end in our country?! GOD THIS ISNT RIGHT… Anyway to you up there Albert, this country is lucky enough it still has people like you. I agree, Waka Waka video is awesome.

  27. First of all i want to say that i am here in this topic just because of Soccer & Shakira. Not because this time WC is going on SA. For the world its not a big matter where the WC is going to be held. The important thing is the Game…. The spirit of Soccer…. My country has not qualified this time for WC. Still we love soccer, we are happy to watch the world cup, thanks to South Africa for hosting such an event. You South Africans are lucky to have FIFA WC 2010 in your country. We are thankful to you. But at the same time if you think that its your personal event then i am sorry. I don’t agree with that. WC is not about country. Its about the world. So why to fight over a topic… who sang what.. we needed a anthem that can wake you up for the WC. Rocks your body.. I think Shakira did it. if you think that any one else can do better than her its OK, you can think like that, but don’t think it country wise. Don’t fight over a silly issue guys. FIFA WC is for brotherhood, bonding everyone with a single string “SOCCER”. If you fight like this .. its not the spirit of sport lover….. we know Shakira…. cant say clearly if i know any SA singer I may know but not sure… i don’t care about the country of a good singer. i mostly care about the singing, the music…. and when it is the case of players i mostly care about his sports skill , then about his/her country…. (may be its my fault)… and i think shakira is world famous that’s why people like me also know her… and so i wanted to know about the song in more details… but see what i came to know here… fighting for a fact of being born in another place…. Sorry if i hurt anyone’s sentiments , forgive me friends.. i am nobody to you all… i am from a small country… but i m not sure that in earlier posts of this topic some one is not going to abuse my country if he /she don’t like my comments… so i dint mentioned it….

    Even now a days national leagues are trying to make it world famous.. like IPL… they are hiring players from world wide.. We watched IPL cricket because the player from our country means a lot to me… its good to see the crowd when they love our players… Talent of a player should not be bound by some geographical boundaries. Some of you may think its about business but its not true 100%. (Someone mentioned business in his earlier post that’s why i m writing this) Business is an essential part of the game… otherwise who is going to host the games with the money from his own pocket… Who is going to pay the players… or how will your favorite players survive… its very simple… no money no big event like FIFA WC……

    Leave EGO enjoy FIFA WC 2010…
    Waka Waka……

    Sorry again guys……

  28. Agreed world cup is not a country’s thing, bt frm previous world cups Locals(Host) do d opening and closing anthem, so why is it different nw dt d world cup is in Africa? Why should a South American welcome d world on behalf of Africans. Something is jst not write here. I perceive Neocolonialism. Meena, ABJ.

  29. In 1998, The World Cup was held in France, however; the theme song “The Cup of Life” was sung by Ricky Martin – a puertorican-.

    In 2002, it was held in South Korea, however; the theme song “Boom” was sung by Anastacia -an american-.

    In 2006, it was held in Berlin, however; the them song “The Times of Our Lives” was sung by Il Divo & Toni Braxton -an UK act & an american-.

    So, I really do not know where do U get your data or rule that it should be anyone of any particular nationality chosen to sing it. It’s in the mixture of ALL countries that lies the genius, as it does away with all distinctions!

    On the other hand, the complainers are giving South Africa a bad name in the eyes of the world, instead of focusing on celebrating both the attention their country is getting and the sport.

  30. I dont need to educate myself …there is good music and utter crap music and now days local is “KAK”

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