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FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa Theme Songs

Updated on October 18, 2011

Upcoming FIFA 2010 World Cup

The countdown is on! Just 83 more days for the monumental 2010 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup event, to be held in South Africa this year. This is the 19th FIFA World Cup event, but the first one ever to be held in an African nation. The 2010 FIFA World Cup games will commence on the 11th June and continue until the 11th July. Yes people, one whole month of magnificent football games with football teams representing their countries from all over the world. Well at least the countries that were successful during the qualification process. I know that Americans know refer to football as soccer but I know it as football so in this hub, I'll refer to it as football.

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This hub is not to give you information about the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup games. I only want to write about the theme songs for the World Cup which I only came across today and loved and I've been listening to just two songs over and over and looking at the youtube videos so I thought I'd share them with you. Okay before I go on though, let me just clarify that I am not 100% sure which song is the Official theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is either the song "Oh Africa" by Akon featuring Keri Hilson or it could be the song "Waving Flag" by K'Naan. Read on.. I'll try to clarify why the confusion. 

"Oh Africa"

So this is the song that started my obsession today. "Oh Africa" by Akon, featuring the Keri Hilson. There are two videos that I found and really, really liked. You should definitely check out both. The first one is the really a Pepsi Ad with the song in the background. Now some of you may know that the ads that Pepsi produces for these events are truly magnificent. This one is just as great! But, please, don't take my word for it. Have a look yourself. You won't be disappointed.

I don't want to sell it out but this Pepsi ad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa is absolutely splendid! It features some of the present greatest football stars like Thierry Henry (France), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Kaka (Brazil), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Frank Lampard (England). This awesome advertisement had the football stars being challenged by an African youth, football fan, wearing a t-shirt with Henry's name written at the back, when the football stars asked for Pepsi. The game than ensued was brilliant! With a 'field' being formed with people and it moved as the game progressed. Okay enough. Just go have a look! I am sorry but this video was subsequently removed from youtube.

Another video for this same "Oh Africa" song is also really great. The video starts off with Akon and a map of Africa in the background. Also in the video you'd hear African drums. This video also featured the Soweto Gospel Choir which I found was great! The colors used were vibrant and it was a multi-racial, multi-cultural video with people representing different countries like Greece and Nigeria, with the faces painted with flags. Appearances were also made by popular football players like Michael Ballack (Germany) and Andrei Arshavin (Russa). What I liked best about this video is the ending where the football players kicked different color football sized paint balls, hitting the wall and creating a mural of football players faces with the paint splash. It really is worth seeing. The mellifluous song itself was very catchy!

This other song, which is sponsored by Coca-Cola (go figure) is done by Somalian born, but Canadian based singer K'Naan and it's called "Waving Flags". I got hooked on the Akon song but this song is also very catchy and the lyrics are probably more soulful than "Oh Africa". However, in terms of getting you into a football mood I'd say Pepsi won! You'd notice though that all these videos are labelled "Official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup". I tried looking it up but this internet has anything and everything on it published by anyone and everyone so I am not quite sure but the latest I read, dated 12th March, indicated that this video by K'Naan was indeed the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I am also putting two videos here because on shows a cool African themed video and the other one has where K'Naan is performing and the crowd is dancing along, in sync with one another and well it's growing on me too! Gosh, tomorrow I need to find another obsession!

Okay folks so there you have it. The two songs but four videos that I like and that are the theme songs, also referred to as the anthem, for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup football games to be held in South Africa. The opening ceremony for the World Cup Kick-off Celebration concert is set for June 10th in Johannesburg and is said to have a lineup of major star singers like Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, John Legend, The Parlotones, Vieux Farka and many more. You can check FIFA's Official Website for further information. If you are really into the ads you can also check youtube for Nike's football ad that features hottie Cristiano Ronaldo.

On a sad note, David Beckham will most likely not be a part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup! You can read about it here

The next FIFA World Cup will be held in 2014 in guess where? Brazil! That's great. If I am still here I'll be able to be a part of the excitement.. if I am not here then hopefully I will get to see some of the Brazilian national team games before I leave. We'll see.. one thing's for sure - I'd be ready with camera in hand. 

Shakira

Okay so now I am seeing that there is another song being called the Official Theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup so I am now unsure was to which song is really the official song. I guess we will have to wait and see when the 2010 World Cup starts.... just to be sure.

You can check out Shakira's song - Waka Waka - This song is growing on me.. I am loving it more and more.. when at first I prefered Akon and K'Naan songs. So I guess all three are good and I'm still undecided as to which one I like the best.

Shakira at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kickoff Ceremony

This video is off Shakira's performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kickoff ceremony where she performed Waka and some of her other hits like Hips don't lie etc. 

Shakira at Kickoff Celebration

I'd love to hear your comments!

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      E.stany 

      6 years ago

      very good song i like very much vav......................... very good and nice.

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      Luke 

      8 years ago

      cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

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      rafi 

      8 years ago

      all songs are really heart touching,evn our cntry was nt in th worid cup bt w enjoyed a lot. gr8 job africa, lol

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      Sanjay.b.h 

      8 years ago

      Hey k'nana where were you are. I never swa you before,that was such a beautiful composition, i like it very much

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      Jabu 

      8 years ago

      Yeah I'm looking for the same song as Igs

      It has a Raggae feel and I'm sure part of the lyrics contain "Give me looooove"

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      Igs 

      8 years ago

      Bob Marley. You Could be loved. Found it

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh okay. I will check youtube for world cup videos and see if there are any with the beginning of the games and maybe we'll hear the song and can google the lyrics

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      Igs 

      8 years ago

      No that's not it. So far i have not seen it anywhere... Don't even think its an official World Cup song... was just played before each game... Kinda like Sean Kingston that they played (I think) pregame at all Germany 06 games.

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I think you are talking about K'Naan "Waving Flags"

      You can check out the video above and see if that's the one

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      Igs 

      8 years ago

      What's they song played before matches accompanied by a video of past world cup action and fans... with a Reggae feel. Been searching everywhere for it.

      Goes something like: "you bring me loooovee...."

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      rdpsarbear 

      8 years ago

      i love waka waka

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      kamlesh prasad 

      8 years ago

      if iam the soccer player

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      ashwath 

      8 years ago

      hi.......comeon spain you can do it

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      ceh 

      8 years ago

      the best song fifa word cup 2010

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      kh0dEr 

      8 years ago

      comment pour all

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey SmoothLake thanks for stopping by and for the information. We'll have to see Killer if Spain is the Champion... I'm thinking Netherlands!

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      killer 

      8 years ago

      spain is champion

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Faton, sorry I missed that. I can't recall. I'm hoping someone else got it and posts a link. Hey Hussein, I'm still loving Argentina :-)

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      Hussein Sharif 

      8 years ago

      lol, all the teams i was rooting for are out....except ghana

      LETS GO GHANA! lol

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      Faton 

      8 years ago

      After match played,start the clip and the girl said KE NAKOO. you saw that immediately after match?

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I'm not sure what you are referring to... but you can check youtube. Maybe if someone else knows they can post a link here. Thanks!

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      Faton 

      8 years ago

      Hello, I cant find voice KE NAKO. said after match.

      Please if you have that write here, thanks

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey thanks for visiting and for the link. I will check out your blog as well. Thanks!

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      Zaph Mann 

      8 years ago

      Hey you should be tuning into the World Cup of Music!

      Great blog

      Have linked to you.

      Zaph

      http://worldcupofmusic.wordpress.com/

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      ilyas 

      8 years ago

      waka waka ana wavin flag lol

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      yep all the songs are great!

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      rachana 

      8 years ago

      oh i luv this all songs of FIFA world cup.

      my last word =am loving it .and best of luck to all countries . thank u

      luv u all

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      sylvia 

      8 years ago

      what is crazy is that ,they did not let some afrian sing for them...and why does mexico make a big thing out of mexico.

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      imurzz 

      8 years ago

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      maria  

      8 years ago

      tooooooooooooooooooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

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      maria 

      8 years ago

      excellent

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      Ozone 

      8 years ago

      Its the bomb. Go Africa, the world is watching!

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      Md Huq 

      8 years ago

      Thankx for sharing this unknown things

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      omar shahrear opu 

      8 years ago

      the song wavin'flag is really great invention and g4 song.i am loving it. thankz, the creator of the song and k'naan.

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Roscoe, I am not sure. I will check youtube and see if I come across any. Maybe someone else might come along and let us know if Australia has its own song.

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      Roscoe 

      8 years ago

      Does anyone know if Australia has their own world cup song??

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      WILLIAM 

      8 years ago

      VERY GOOD AND STRONGERMAN

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      OPIE 

      8 years ago

      IM VERY HAPPY BECAUSE FIFA WORLD WILL COMING IN THE WORLD

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      rifat 

      8 years ago

      nice collection,,,, i really like the theme song of FIFA WORLD CUP official song

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Simey. Yep I can only imagine the questions you will be posting on WA once the games begin!! Have fun!

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      Simon Cook 

      8 years ago from NJ, USA

      great Hub too - getting really excited about the tournament - whoever wins, it's shaping up to be a great tournament!

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      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for sharing it with us Josh! I'll go read it now.

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      Josh 

      8 years ago

      I found this article that compared both songs http://theurbanwire.com/2010/06/02/is-it-time-for-...

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      wafa 

      8 years ago

      surche last sangs for akon of south africa

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      john 

      8 years ago

      i like the song "wavin`s flag" it`s very excellent.

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      Praveen 

      8 years ago

      Hi all,

      Good to see great comments. As vinay told i don't know who is K'naan, but now i became a die hard fan of him. I was amazed by the lyrics the spirit in the music. Even though our country(India) is not in the tornament we people just keep enjoying the 2010 FIFA world cup.

      @Leandraluv thanks for the remaining videos. K'naan video i already have in my name. i'll download those too.

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Okay I translated the above comment using google translate:

      Rate The best song for the World FIFA2010, Suzie Vote for my Amiga for the song "Viva Mexico"-Suzie Del Vecchio & Paul Oakenfold Vote here: http://exafm.com/ can watch the video here: http://www .youtube.com / watch? v = 2_cd5fE-bzY

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      Sergio Guillen 

      8 years ago

      Vota La mejor cancion para el mundial FIFA2010, Vota por mi Amiga Suzie con la cancion "Viva México"-Suzie del Vecchio & Paul Oakenfold Vota aqui: http://exafm.com/ Aqui Puedes Mirar El Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_cd5fE-bzY

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      wavin flag  

      8 years ago

      i want song

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      exinco 

      8 years ago from Malaysia

      amazing promotion

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh I love your name ..> Abhishek!

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      abhishek anand 

      8 years ago

      i m loving them.it can`t get better than that....m loving brazil nd england

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Vinay... glad I could help. No problem. The songs are all very catchy! Hey Piyush.. thanks.. I'll check out the link now.

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      Piyush 

      8 years ago

      see the world cup football champions, top scorer, best players and host countries http://hubpages.com/t/146bc4

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      Vinay 

      8 years ago

      Hi Leandraluv...

      I am from India & i luv football..

      Whenever i used to see that football theme song of K'naan i used to wonder who might have sung this as i was not knowing abt k'naan either. But i tried browsing internet & only this particular page helped me to find k'naan theme for football.

      I am goin to download all above..

      Now onwards i am a big fan of K'naan..

      Thank u Leandraluv...

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I just added it above. Will you mind if I write that you pointed me to that song? I will put "Imuruzz"?

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      imurzz 

      8 years ago

      your are welcome Leandraluv

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for sharing this Imurzz. When I first started writing this hub I found online that the song by Akon was the Theme song then I read about the one by K'Naan and now I am seeing this one you posted by Shakira. I will check it out.. thanks

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      imurzz 

      8 years ago

      WAKA WAKA - This Time for Africa - by Shakira - South Africa 2010 World Cup Official Song Nice Song by Shakeera FIFA and Sony have chosen Waka Waka

      http://trends.huseb.com/waka-waka-this-time-for-af...

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR

      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Carlos ... we'll just have to wait and see :-)

      Digital Alchemist.. no I have not seen the ESPN commercial but thanks for the heads up .. I'd definitely check it out today on youtube! Exciting times! Thanks for visiting my hub and thanks for commenting guys!

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      Digital Alchemist 

      8 years ago from New York, NY

      Fun hub! We're now down to 40 days until the 2010 World Cup -- I can't wait.

      Have you seen the ESPN commercial with Bono's voice narrating? It's fantastic and well worth finding on youtube.

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      carlos spicyweener 

      8 years ago

      dun no what kind what youv been smokin but england is obviosly going to win

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      tweetter 

      8 years ago

      Vote for didier drogba...........http://fansaward.givemefootball.com/

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      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Tweeter!! There are so many great teams! We will have to wait and see... maybe we should bet on who's going to win

      :-)

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      tweetter 

      8 years ago

      Brailz is the best ever............. i am an indian and i love Brazil sooooooo much

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      Leandraluv 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We'll see Omar :-)

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      Omar Zambrano 2010 

      8 years ago

      mexico is the best

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