African Songs Celebrate Nations Cup

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 2:42 pm (UTC-4)
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The 2010 FIFA World Cup football tournament in South Africa was not only a sporting event, but also a musical event, and music will once again have soccer fans singing and dancing during the Nations Cup tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Let’s look and listen to a couple of music videos linked to the 16-team African football fiesta, which kicks off January 21. First up is “Africa Shootez Ballon,” by Jon Loo K, of Libreville, Gabon, where the Nations Cup final will be held February 12. It’s described as the official song of the Nations Cup mascot, a large gorilla named “Gaguie.”

Meanwhile, a song by the Togolese duo Toofan celebrating the Nations Cup is fast becoming the unofficial anthem of the tournament. It’s called “Africa Hoyee.”

One of Toofan’s members, Barabas, says the idea was to make a song that united fans all across Africa.

“In order to get everyone in the football mood, we had to start from the ground,” says Barabas, “because not everyone is a football player and not everyone can relate to this piece of music. That’s why we didn’t just do a song with football stars,” he said. “That’s why in the song we featured children, in a ghetto setting, to show people that in Africa, football comes from the streets first.”

Sonny Young
Since 1999, host Sonny Young has delighted listeners and viewers with a lively presentation that combines humor, props, sound effects and correspondent reports from Africa and all over the globe.

6 Responses to “African Songs Celebrate Nations Cup”

  1. [...] African Songs Celebrate Nations CupVoice of America (blog)The 2010 FIFA World Cup football tournament in South Africa was not only a sporting event, but also a musical event, and music will once again have soccer fans singing and dancing during the Nations Cup tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. …Who are the players to watch at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations?Mirror.co.uk (blog)Gabon President Ali Bongo 'excited' to host Nations CupBBC NewsAfrican Cup of Nations 2012: Group A (Eq. Guinea, Libya, Senegal, Zambia)GhanaWebSI.com -ESPN (blog) -BBC Sportall 296 news articles » // © 2012 Zimbabwe – iWooho.com st_ro_start(27949, "", "", ""); Powered by RackTheme [...]

  2. Paul Sisco says:

    great stuff,… keep up the good work sonny…. so who are you pulling for?

  3. Sonny Young says:

    Thanks for your comments, Paul, although I prefer to call you “Barney.” :-) The favorites for the title are neighbors Ivory Coast and Ghana, currently one and two in Africa in rankings released earlier this week by FIFA, world football’s governing body. I’m picking “The Black Stars” of Ghana to lift the trophy February 12 in Libreville, Gabon.

  4. [...] back to festivities. VOA’s Sonny Young writes on his blog that a few artists have made tournament specific songs and music videos to go with it. VOA posted [...]

  5. [...] African Songs Celebrate Nations CupThe 2010 FIFA World Cup football tournament in South Africa was not only a sporting event, but also a musical event, and music will once again have soccer fans singing and dancing during the Nations Cup tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. [...]

  6. Kim says:

    Just wanted to share a video Senegalese musicians made to support their team, les Lions….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdIC1723jo4&feature=share

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