2010 World Cup, and the South African “vuvuzelas”

The FIFA 2010 World Cup is now just hours away…


For the past few months I’ve listened to the Security Guards talking in the Museum “break-rooms” about the World Cup, and their excitement’s contagious.    The kick off game will be Friday at  7 a.m. P.D.T.

hats and flags for sale in England. Photo Barry Barnett

The vuvuzelas will be the soundtrack for the World Cup, a tradition that some consider dangerous

By Kevin Baxter in Johannesburg. June 9, 2010.

The soundtrack of this summer’s World Cup will be played on a cheap yard-long plastic horn capable of just a single note — a thudding B flat.

Played alone, it sounds like an elephant. Play a few dozen in concert, and it sounds like a swarm of angry bees.

But put 90,000 of them together in the enclosed space of a World Cup stadium for two hours? Well, then you have a potential health hazard.

How loud are they? About as loud as a jet engine at full throttle. And louder than a NASCAR race, a rock concert or a jackhammer…”

(excerpt of an article from the L.A. Times)

In the opening game the South Africans, nicknamed “Bafana Bafana“- from the Nguni word for “the boys”, play against Mexico. I wonder how many Mexicans, and South Africans will go to work?

“Former South African President, 91 year-old Nelson Mandela is going to greet the players before the opening game. And that could be bad news for Mexico because when Mandela is in the stadium, South Africans swear that strange things happen. They call it “Mandela Magic“…

The upstart South Africans may need magic against Mexico, which says this summer’s World Cup team is the best in its distinguished soccer history.

Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, will also be present at the game…”


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3 Responses to 2010 World Cup, and the South African “vuvuzelas”

  1. Whooeeeeee! btw, the New Yorker had a great story about the US goalkeeper … and the whole World Cup hoopla… very thrilling!

  2. Reuben says:

    Yehbo, sisi!!! Umakhoti!!! NgiThanda nowena!!!

  3. Vuvuzelas are so nosy that makes all the atmosphere on the public disappear. There is only a constant noise. No songs, no rummors, nothing. The public makes the sport but this is not the case if all you can hear is vuvuzelas.
    I watch the games with the sound off cause I found them really annoying.
    You can find on websapce a lot of articles from funny to sad, pro and contra vuvuzelas.
    I’m against. I even created a facebook event against them http://tinyurl.com/2u2k5tk

    Keep quiet please! 🙂

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