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.”
great stuff,… keep up the good work sonny…. so who are you pulling for?
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.
Just wanted to share a video Senegalese musicians made to support their team, les Lions….
hello. I have just listened to bbc radio station saying about African Football Music
Music from Equatorial Guinea. I heard a great singing voice, she sang jazz, soul … But I would like to know who was that. If anybody understands who I am talking about, please give me her name. Thanks