Ann McDonald, my new FB friend, posted this wonderful World Cup music video on FaceBook. Ann lives in Toronto, Canada and has created a blog about fun and inexpensive things to do in Toronto. Ann focuses on travel, music, and Art. I fell in love with Shakira’s video the first time I heard it. Shakira is giving messages like you™ve got it all, believe it, and it’s your time to shine, I also heard her singing “This is your moment, no hesitations. And I wanted to listen again!
I immediately wanted to post this music video! I googled it for more information! The Hindustan Times posted an article about Waka Waka “This Time for Africa” – Shakira – South Africa 2010. The times said that â€œEven before Shakira bon-bonned her way into the opening night celebrations at the Oregon Stadium in Soweto on Friday evening, World Cup watchers were divided by whether the Colombian singer-performer was the right choice as singer for the 2010 South Africa World Cup anthem.
Two types of critics, Hindustan Times said, have found Waka Waka unsavory. One, the Anglophonic sillies who, just because they have no clue what “Waka Waka and Tsamina mina” zangalewa mean, think Shakira’s singing nonsense words. In reality Waka waka is a Zulu exhortation that roughly translates to “Do it!” and “Tsamina mina” is roughly “come come”. These words are encouraging and motivational to me!
The other “politically correct” group of critics, are upset about the words. They find the lyrics, “You’re a good soldier/Choosing your battles/ Pick yourself up/And dust yourself off/ Get back in the saddle, too ‘war-mongering’ rife with imageries of violence.”
I feel that Waka Waka is the perfect cheering-on song!
I agree with Hindustan Times that those upset that FIFA officials got a Latin American artist instead of a South African would do well to remember that the World Cup is an international celebration. All that counts is whether football-friendly feet are being shaken. As far as Shakira goes, her infectious Waka Waka totally works.