Spend a Friday Night with FIFA World Cup 2010 Official Anthem


For me, this year’s FIFA World Cup songs truly grasp the football spirit and the African rhythm.

Waving Flag is originally included in the second album of Somalian-Canadian rapper K’Naan entitled Troubadour, which was released last February 2009 (click here for the original lyrics of the song). The song is remixed to serve as Coca Cola‘s promotional anthem for the spectacular event, as part of its global marketing campaign “inspired by the joyous dance celebrations familiar to Africa.”

In this version, K’Naan performs together with Nancy Ajram who sang parts of the song in Arabic. Nancy Ajram is a multi-platinum Lebanese singer and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. She’s also considered by many as an Arabic music icon of the decade. Ajram is the first and only female sponsor and spokesperson of Coca-Cola in the Middle East and Arab world.

Famous Columbian singer, Shakira, sings another catchy 2010 FIFA World Cup song, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa). She performed singing this song at the opening ceremony, together with the African fusion band, Freshlyground; and will have the chance to perform it again at the closing ceremony.

Some parts of the song are sung in Fang language, which is spoken in African countries like Gabon, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. I was able to get translations of most words in the lyrics over the net. Tsaminamina means “come.” Waka waka means “do it, as in perform a task. “Waka” is pidgin language meaning “walk while working.” Tsamina mina zangalewa means “where do you come from?.” Wana means “it is mine.” Zambo means “wait.”

I always like Shakira, her musicality and her dances.  For me, she fits well with this song.

You’re a good soldier / choosing your battles. / Pick yourself up / and dust yourself off / and back in the saddle.

You’re on the frontline. / Everyone’s watching. / You know it’s serious. / We’re getting closer. / This isnt over.

The pressure is on. You feel it. / But you’ve got it all. / Believe it.

When you fall get up / And if you fall get up.

Tsamina mina / Zangalewa / ‘Cause this is Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh / Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa / Anawa aa / This time for Africa

Listen to your god. / This is our motto. / Your time to shine. / Dont wait in line. / Y vamos por Todo.

People are raising / their expectations. / Go on and feed them. / This is your moment. / No hesitations.

Today’s your day. / I feel it. / You paved the way. / Believe it.

If you get down, / get up. / When you get down, / get up.

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