Dear goal announcers and part-time referees, no matter if you have flags painted on your forehead or wear a funny soccer hat, we are back with the second part of our soccer song survey, bringing to you the best cheering anthems the World Cup 2010 has to offer!
Marflix – Vuvuzela Funk
That’s what every metropolis needs: Berlin has it’s own bicycle vuvuzela delivery man now. Enjoy the brandnew video to this very urban and laid-back tune, a really nice Funky – Kwaito – House hybrid featuring the most popular instrument on this planet these days.
Dizzee Rascal & James Corden – Shout for England
Well, this is England. Everybody’s darling and former angry youth Dizzee Rascal teaming up with English comedian James Corden to shout for the ‘Three Lions’. Sampling ‘No Diggity’ by Blackstreet & Dr Dre as well as Tears for Fears 80s chart-hit ‘Shout’, this tune is quite ecclectic and in the official version not as bad as the world premier at ‘England got Talent’ TV-Show let suspect. On a side note: Tears for Fears was scheduled for Bob Geldofs ‘Live Aid’ mega charity event in 1985 but pulled out in the morning of the show. Funny coincidence with a soccer World Cup whose smell reminds you more of ‘Live Aid’ than BBQ.
Kelly Rowland ft. Africa United – Everywhere You Go
Which leads me directly to this World Cup anthem by R&B diva and former ‘Destiny’s Child’ member Kelly Rowland. In my opinion the song is a bit boring, but it features African artists from all over the continent, like 2face, Samini, Chameleone, Krotal and Rola. Going under the name of Africa United, for a moment I thought Kelly was teaming up with the Italian Reggae Band ‘Africa Unite’, which I always confuse with ‘Reggae National Ticket’, whose former Member Alborosie meanwhile totally emerged into Jamaican Dancehall Culture. But well, not.
This tune is a charity project as well, donating to the organizations United Against Malaria and 1Goal.
Ugandan Allstars – World Cup
Uganda has a vital Dancehall scene and this sweet little tune is clearly influenced by the sound of the caribbean island. Funny side note again: The members of Blu*3 are also participating in this project – Blu*3 is a girl group from Uganda, which is hailed as the East African ‘Destiny’s Child’ (see above)
Nil Lus – Tambor
Wow, that’s an atmosphere that gives you shivers! Great stadium anthem by Nil Lus, singer, composer, athlete and poet, from soccer country par excellence Brasil, contributed to Faluma’s ‘Laduma’ compilation. The animated video clip is very sweet and well done, so definitely a must-watch.
(teaser pic by Donald Miralle/Getty Images North America)