What’s in a song?
The official song for the FIFA World Cup 2010 is Waka Waka by Colombian Shakira. The choice hasn’t pleased everyone – especially those in South Africa who feel the song should’ve been sung by a South African, or at the very least, an African artist.
Cultural appropriation at its worst? The world ignoring Africa yet again? Or huge over-reaction?
At least backing vocals on the song are performed by the posterboys & girls of post-apartheid multi-racial South Africa – Afropop group Freshlyground. Just beggars the question why Shakira was needed to do the lead vocals in the first place…