definitions for the phrase “Waka Waka”

This is my mates Kevin McCallum’s sport column I have lifted it from iol.co.za ..have a read and email him at kmc. The piece is a good laugh

The Urban Dictionary has a good few different definitions for the phrase “Waka Waka”, which is also the title of the official World Cup anthem (Waka Waka – it’s time for Africa). Waka Waka is the noise that Pacman makes when he eats a dot; it is also the sound Fozzie, the bear from The Muppets, makes after he tells a joke; and, for those who still play vinyl, it is the sound DJs used to make when they “scratched”.

Hmmm … Pacman, Fozzie and a noise made by moving something the wrong way – sounds like the perfect definition of the official World Cup anthem. The voice of Shakira, whose hips don’t lie, sounds a little like Pacman munching her way through a series of lyrics so cliched they seem to have either been cobbled together from a collection of primary school poems or first team rugby pep talks.

Still, there are some small mercies. The Parlotones aren’t singing it so we can be sure that it won’t end up on an advertisement for fried chicken, short-term insurance or a supermarket chain any time soon. Mind you, Safa have not yet announced whether there will be an official song for Bafana, but as they struggle to organise matches and accommodation for their own team, it is highly unlikely.

England will not have an official World Cup song, which has been greeted with some relief by their countrymen. They have had some crackers in the past: New Order wrote World in Motion for the 1990 tournament which was co-written by Keith Allen, the father of Lily.

David Beckham’s future missus, the rest of the Spice Girls, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Lightning Seeds sang (How does it feel to be) On top of the world? Then Becks got sent off against Argentina and England got knocked out, so that didn’t work.

However, one England fan, the incomparable Mark E Smith of legendary indie band The Fall, has recorded an unofficial World Cup song for England called England’s Heartbeat. The lyrics are a bit feisty: “This is not 1974, this is not 1976, you are not at Stamford Bridge, but you are on a Boer Ridge”, and “take care of the invention of your nation”, “socks up at last or be a Brazilian breakfast”.

It’s certainly a lot better than “Waka Waka oh oh” and “Waka Waka eh eh”. Waka Waka is, I fear, kaka kaka.

· This is Kevin McCallum’s sport column, which appears on Fridays in The Star . Email him at kmc.

Find SA Fashion now on Facebook

Find SA Fashion http://findsafashion.co.za is a resource for the SA fashion industry.

We recently set up a Facebook page, so if you would like to become a fan, and post some images from your portfolio please go ahead.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Find-SA-Fashion/117567171600718

We also focus on helping people in the SA Music, Tourism and Fashion industries to build online portfolios. See http://webmarketer.co.za for more info.

Brian Currin and Martin Myers
http://FindSAFashion.co.za

The first look at one of the official 2010 compilations hitting shelves 31st May 2010.

The first look at one of the official 2010 compilations hitting shelves on the 31st May 2010.

Hello Afrika – Popular hit tracks by contemporary superstar African artists from all over the continent inspired by the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Tracklisting:

DISC 1

ARTIST

1 VUSI MAHLASELA WHEN YOU COME BACK (ITV THEME)

2 JUDY BAILEY FEATURING UJU SPIRIT OF FREEDOM

3 NAMELESS COMING HOME

4 TAU EA MATSEKHA (MATSEKHA GROOVES) BAFANA BAFANA

5 TERNIELLE NIELSON, JASON HARTMAN, UJU, LOUISE CARVER, AYA & DEEP LEVEL SHOSHOLOZA 2010

6 MALAIKA WE ARE READY

7 KHETHI UMQOMBOTHI (AFRICAN BEER)

8 ARMY WHITE/ASEM GREEN/BLACK TIE/RICHIE GOLD/EEZY BLACK SEXY AFRICA’S MOMENT

9 MAGIC SYSTEM ZOUGLOU DANCE

10 GAVIN HARDKISS MUNDO VIA AFRICA

11 BROTHERS OF PEACE ZINBI ‘NDABA (VICTORY SONG)

12 TKZEE VS GOLDFISH SHIBOBO 2 (I JUST WANNA)

13 TUMI FEATURING ZUBZ VICTORIOUS

14 NTANDO, JASON HARTMAN, NHLANHLA NCIZA, KESHA, TEARGAS, SIPHOKAZI RIZE UP MZANZI

DISC 2

ARTIST
1 LORRAINE CLAASEN AFRICA CALLING

2 ANGELIQUE KIDJO/BAABA MAAL/MINGAS/ERIC WAINAINA/HHP/YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA/ 8 GOALS AWAY
OLIVER MTUKUDZI/SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR/HUGH MASEKELA

3 FRESHLYGROUND I AM AN AFRICAN

4 TUMI FEATURING DANYEL WARO STILL NOT FREE

5 CAPSOLYS AFRICA NEW

6 UJU TAKE THE WORLD

7 ARNO CARSTENS FEEL IT- BRENDAN JURY REMIX

8 PARLOTONES COME BACK HEROES

9 JUST JINJER FEATURING TUMI NOW IS THE TIME

10 NNEKA FROM AFRICA 2 U

11 ANJELIQUE KIDJO KELELE

12 MOH DEDIOUF AFRICA

13 MI VICTORY

14 KELLY ROWLAND/2 FACE/SAMINI/JOZI/ZULUBOY/ AFRICA UNITED

Richie McCaw will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance on Friday

McCaw to hit 100

Richie McCaw will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance for the Crusaders when he takes the field against the Stormers on Friday.

McCaw will skipper the team and start in his preferred position of openside flank.

Todd Blackadder also made five other changes to his starting line-up. Hooker Corey Flynn has recovered from his ankle problems to start ahead of Ti’i Paulo while Wyatt Crockett replaces Ben Franks at loosehead.

George Whitelock returns to the starting line-up at Thomas Waldrom’s expense. This sees Kieran read move to No 8 as Whitelock fills in at blindside.

Colin Slade returns to fullback while Sean Maitland shifts to wing in Adam Whitelock’s place.

Crusaders – 15 Colin Slade, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Chris Jack, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Sam Whitelock, 19 Thomas Waldrom, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Dan Bowden, 22 Jared Payne

PIC : Razia Barclay my Fiancee with Richie McCaw when he single handly destroyed the Sharks in Durban

Shakira ft. Freshlyground – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)

FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment select “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” by Shakira featuring Freshlyground as FIFA World Cup 2010™ Official Song

The song will be performed at the FIFA World Cup™ Final by Shakira and South African artist Freshlyground on July 11, 2010.

NEW YORK, NY – April 26, 2010 – FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), written and co-produced by global superstar Shakira, has been chosen as the Official Song of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa. The song will be performed by Shakira together with South African artist Freshlyground at the Closing Ceremony before the FIFA World Cup™ Final on July 11 in Johannesburg Soccer City Stadium. All proceeds from the song will benefit FIFA’s Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ “20 Centers for 2010.”

The song combines Afro-Colombian instrumentation and rhythms with a rousing Soca beat and Southern African guitar. The chorus borrows from a favorite Cameroonian marching chant made popular by the group Golden Voices.

“The Official Song is as much awaited by the fans as the Mascot or the Logo. It is part of the identity of the world’s most exciting sport’s event. This song is the personification of the African rhythm and identity and sets the pace for this unique event. I am looking forward to hear the song throughout the tournament and watch it performed by Shakira and Freshlyground at the Final”, said Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA President.

“I am honored that Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) was chosen to be part of the excitement and the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” said Shakira. “The FIFA World Cup is a miracle of global excitement, connecting every country, race, religion and condition around a single passion. It represents an event that has the power to unite and integrate, and that’s what this song is about.”

Shakira continued, “African music is so inspiring and is poised to take its place on the global pop culture stage. I was proud to be able to work with one of South Africa’s most acclaimed groups, Freshlyground.” The song was co-produced by Shakira’s frequent collaborator, John Hill.

“We are thrilled to have collaborated with Shakira on Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), especially as we feel that the song captures the spirit and energy of the African World Cup,” said Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground. “We are certain the song will inspire people around the world to celebrate the gathering of nations at the place where it all started. Here in Africa!”

The song will be launched on April 28, 2010 and made available for download through digital retail outlets the week of May 11. It also will be included on “Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album™” to be released the week of May 31 by Sony Music Entertainment. A Spanish language version of the track, Waka Waka (Esto es Africa), will be made available in certain markets. Proceeds from the album will benefit FIFA’s “20 Centers for 2010” initiative, whose aim is to achieve positive social change through football by building twenty Football for Hope centres for public health, education and football across Africa, and other African charities.

The video for Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) will be available in mid-May in standard definition as well as in 3D.

All Black Flyhalf Dan Carter says..read more

My great friend Mike Greenaway who is a top rugby writer, he wrote John Smits best selling book in Dec 2009 sent me his newspaper piece from Durban and I thought I would share it with you.

All Black flyhalf Dan Carter says lessons were learned from his team’s disappointing 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign and things will be different in the build-up to the 2011 event in his home country.

Speaking at a press conference in Durban yesterday to mark his appointment as Jockey underware’s South African poster boy (he has been doing the same job in New Zealand for six years) the likeable and affable Carter said the Kiwis were opting for a low-key approach after having failed for five RWC campaigns in a row, despite being favourites for every one of them.

“We are pulling back a bit this year,” Carter said. “Ahead of France 2007, we began our build-up three years before the event and I can assure you that a year out, as we are now, I very much knew we were a year out, but this time I have to remind myself of the fact.”

Carter said this was a deliberate policy.

“The hype is already building back home and there are renovations going on all around our country to get our infrastructure ready. Already we can see the excitement and pressure is going be immense, and we need to try and not get caught up in the growing hype as far as possible. Yes, we understand that it is part of the territory of hosting a World Cup, and we will embrace it and deal with it, but we also need to try and keep perspective.”

Regarding a rather more imminent World Cup, that of the round ball variety, Cater said that sports mad New Zealand was ‘hugely excited’ that their country would be involved in the FIFA event.

“It is hard to see a bigger event in world sport than the soccer World Cup,” he said. “It is a fantastic occasion for South Africa and to have the world’s best players in one place at the same time is mind-blowing, and for us Kiwis it is a massive excitement to have our ‘mighty’ All Whites involved for the first time in 28 years. Not many people will have heard of them,” Carter said in typical Kiwi self-deprecatory fashion, “but I can assure you there was a lot of emotion when they beat Borain to qualify.”

Back onto rugby, Carter said that he anticipated an exciting Tri-Nations because of the law focus of the preceding Super 14

“The first rounds of the Super 14 saw some adjusting from the players because the referees were very harsh in what they wanted, but it it has settled down now and we are seeing some excellent attacking rugby. Last year’s Tri-Nations saw a lot of ping-pong but I think that will give way to the positive, try-scoring rugby we have ultimately seen in the Super 14.”

Carter admitted that he was wary of the challenge the Wallabies will pose because of the form of their teams.

“The Aussies sides have adapted well to the laws and are playing some fantastic attacking rugby. In New Zealand we thought we thought the new law focus would favour us but some of our sides have not adjusted as well as we would have liked. The Bulls and Stormers are flourishing too, but when it comes to the All Blacks in the Tri-Nations, we are confident that we will hit the ground running.”

Now if the Crusaders hit the ground running at Newlands on Friday and give the Stormers a go ..would that not be glorious.. I call it Crusaders 20 – Stormers 15 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Arno Carstens SA Tour announced

Time Flies’ is the complete singles of Oasis . Released on 14 June

‘TIME FLIES… 1994 – 2009’

14th June 2010

“Oasis will become the premier gilt-edged rock ‘n’ rollers of the age; they will irreversibly change the way you walk and talk, the way you dress… the future’s assured. The past is gone. This is now. Listen. That’s the story.” (NME 1995)

“I consider Noel to be the finest songwriter of his generation.” (George Martin)

‘Time Flies’ is the complete singles collection celebrating the work of Oasis from start to finish. Released on 14thJune through Big Brother Recordings, the songs that comprise this album span fifteen glorious years walked tall alongside a staggering seven consecutive number one albums. 1994’s ‘Definitely Maybe’, 1995’s ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’, 1997’s ‘Be Here Now’, 2000’s ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’, 2002’s ‘Heathen Chemistry’, 2005’s ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ and their last from 2008, ‘Dig Out Your Soul’. Starting with their irresistible debut, ‘Supersonic’ and finishing with their very last release, ‘Falling Down’, the album features all 26 singles – 23 Top Tens including 8 No.1’s. A deluxe version of ‘Time Flies’ features all 36 videos ever made (all previously unreleased) including versions made for the UK and America, as well as the last ever recorded Oasis live show from The Roundhouse in London on the 21st July 2009.

April 1994 it begins. Effortlessly, the classic singles, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Shakermaker’ provided a tangible feeling that something was happening; then came ‘Live Forever’, where we saw a young Liam Gallagher nailed to a chair in that bizarre video and somehow the notion that one of ours could again excite, incite and not to mention, sell millions of records was very real. They virtually reignited an ailing industry and revitalised the global music scene. They did this by becoming “the most complete pop group on the planet”. They knew it too; as Noel Gallagher, the band’s principal songwriter, simply explained, “We’re not arrogant, we just believe we’re the greatest band in the World.” His younger brother who went on to become one of the ‘greatest frontmen of all time’, once remarked, “There’s Elvis and me. I couldn’t say which of the two is best.” Oasis owned attitude, and noise and confusion often followed. Early on, Noel said, “All I know is that the gigs are selling out and we’re probably gonna get in loads more trouble on this tour…”

It was this kind of self belief and ambition that flung the world open to Oasis. From their landmark ‘arrival’ performance at T in the Park in 1994 to the now legendary gigs at Maine Road, a weekend of history-making at Knebworth, world famous venues that included sell out shows at Madison Square Gardens and the Hollywood Bowl, and stadiums from Wembley to River Plate, Argentina and beyond, as well as just about every single festival here and abroad, Oasis rapidly grew but never lost their high cool. How many bands manage that – and why? Undoubtedly, millions identified, aspired, shared the dream of the boys from Burnage making very, very good. Their outspokenness and the very real relationship of Noel and Liam kept us enthralled and amused. At times, it provided real drama, but nevertheless the humanity shone through more often than not.

So what is there left to say about the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of our time? These could be the best days of our lives. And they were. And they still are. Oasis entertained on every level. At every concert tens of thousands united to sing along to, be moved by, be energised by and reminisce with this incredible set list – a definitive chronicle of a generation, national anthems, a series of musical lunar landings. Remember whose eyes you were looking into when you first heard ‘Wonderwall’? Who had their arm around you during ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’? Who did you steal a glance from during ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’? Mosh with to ‘Lyla’? Who did you want to ‘Live Forever’ with? And why did it all work so well, for so long, all around the world, for so many people? For a time, they did change the way we walked, we talked, the way we dressed. For Oasis it was always so simple. Liam Gallagher comments, “I’m totally proud of everything we’ve done… I liked the crazy times and the not so crazy, I liked it all, man.” And Noel Gallagher sums it up by saying, “The fact that we kept it together for so long is testament to our love of the music. It’s from the heart.”

TIMES FLIES… 1994 – 2009

Supersonic

Roll With It

Live Forever

Wonderwall

Stop Crying Your Heart Out

Cigarettes & Alcohol

Songbird

Don’t Look Back In Anger

The Hindu Times

Stand By Me

Lord Don’t Slow Me Down

Shakermaker

All Around The World

Some Might Say

The Importance of Being Idle

D’You Know What I Mean?

Lyla

Let There Be Love

Go Let It Out

Who Feels Love?

Little By Little

The Shock Of The Lightning

She Is Love

Whatever

I’m Outta Time

Falling Down

: WHITNEY HOUSTON IS BACK!! LAUNCHES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH RAVE REVIEWS!

WHITNEY HOUSTON IS BACK!!

"The pipes were in full working order… (Whitney) was engaged and happy to be on stage…She’s definitely back.” – The Guardian

"You could not help but admire a performer who, in the face of the negative press, stood up tonight to give her all. And Houston gave all she could.” – The Independent

“Still a hugely charismatic performer” – The Times

“The power of the voice is still there after all these years.” – Daily Mirror

(UK – April 14, 2010) Last night Whitney Houston launched the European leg of her World tour with a commanding performance in Birmingham (UK) pleasing both fans and critics alike.

Performing hits such as "I Wanna Dance with Somebody", "I Look to You", "I Will Always Love You" and "Million Dollar Bill", Whitney clearly enjoyed every second of her return to the UK stage as over 11,000 fans cheered her on.

Entertaining the crowd along with Whitney was a fantastic band, energetically choreographed dancers, and a beautiful multifunction stage set designed by world-renowned designer Baz Halpin (who has previously worked with Cher, Tina Turner, Pink, Michael Buble and Cirque de Soleil.)

After a brief illness which caused her to reschedule 4 of her earlier shows, Whitney has showed the world she is back in full force with a strong show to entertain her fans.

Whitney’s tour continues over the next two months in Europe.

Nothing But Love World Tour 2010 Dates

April 14 Nottingham – Trent FM Arena
April 17 Dublin – The O2
April 18 Dublin – The O2
April 20 Dublin – The O2
April 22 Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
April 25 London – The O2 arena
April 26 London – The O2 arena
April 27 London – The O2 arena

April 30 Tenerife – Recinto Portuario de Santa Cruz

May 1 Glasgow – S.E.C.C.

May 3 Milan – Forum

May 4 Rome – Palalottomatica

May 9 Zurich – Hallenstadion

May 10 Geneva – Grand Sacconex

May 12 Berlin – O2 World

May 13 Leipzig – Arena

May 16 Hannover – TUI Arena

May 17 Hamburg – Colorline Arena

May19 Vienna – Stadthalle

May 21 Munich – Olympiahalle

May 22 Stuttgart – Schleyerhalle

May 24 Antwerp – Sportpaleis

May 26 Oberhausen – Arena

May 27 Nuernberg – Nuernberger Versicherungen

May 29 Mannheim – SAP Arena

May 31 F rankfurt – Festhalle

June 1 Paris, – Omnisport

June 3 Copenhagen – Forum

June 4 Copenhagen – Forum

June 6 Stavanger Norway – Stavanger Koncerthus

June 8 Stockholm – The Globe Arena

June 10 Helsinki – Hartwall Arena

June 16 Manchester – M.E.N. Arena

June 17 Manchester – M.E.N. Arena

Over-the-Counter Sales kick-off tomorrow for Fifa 2010

Over-the-Counter Sales kick-off tomorrow

Opening of Ticketing Centres at 09h00, 500,000 tickets available for all 64 Matches – including the Final

The Opening of the 11 FIFA Ticketing Centres in all Host Cities will coincide with the start of the over-the-counter sales in the fifth and final Ticketing Sales Phase, of the 2010 FIFA World Cup that will kick-off tomorrow at 09h00. A total of 500,000 tickets will be made available at the start of this sales phase. The latest news is that, 300 category three tickets will now be made available to the public for the Final at SoccerCity on 11 July. Therefore, football fans will be able to purchase tickets for ALL 64 matches (see the attached chart). Upon payment at the Ticketing Centre, fans will be issued with the actual match ticket immediately.

Chairman of the FIFA Ticketing Sub-Committee, Horst R. Schmidt said: “We know that people have been waiting for the over-the-counter sales to start and now it’s finally happening.”

There will be five different sales channels operating during this Sales Phase which will run up to11 July:

· 11 Ticketing Centres covering all Host cities (exact addresses can be found attached and on FIFA.com), starting tomorrow, 09h00 (SA Time), open 7 days a week from 09h00 to 18h00. At the Sandton Ticketing Centre, OC CEO, Danny Jordaan, 2010 FIFA World Cup Ambassador Phil Masinga and FIFA Acting Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Nicolas Maingot will be available for interviews

· About 600 FNB Branches nationwide, open 5 days a week, also starting tomorrow, 09h00. The process is new: fans can now order tickets, make payment and get ticket confirmation immediately; the actual tickets need to be collected at the FIFA Ticketing Centres or certain Checker/Shoprite Sales Points;

· The official tournament website www.FIFA.com, starting tomorrow, 18h00;

· Call Centre Hotline (SA number: +27(0)83 123 2010, International number: +41 44 583 2010, starting tomorrow, 18h00, operating 7 days a week, from 08h00 until 22h00;

· 18 Shoprite/ Checkers Sales Points (addresses on FIFA.com), starting on 19 April, 09h00, open 7 days a week;

Fans will need to bring an ID and a credit card or cash when applying at the Ticketing Centres. A maximum of 10 tickets per person per match can be purchased at this stage. People who had purchased tickets during the previous four sales phases can now collect their match tickets at the Ticketing Centres.

In recognition of Visa’s valued sponsorship, http://www.FIFA.com prefers Visa for all transactions online.

For further information, please contact:
FIFA Media Department Zurich – tel.: +41-43/222 7272 – fax: +41-43/222 7373 or e-mail: media@fifa.org;

FIFA Media SA Office – e-mail: media-sa@fifa.org; mobile: Wolfgang Eichler +27832010471 or Delia Fischer +27832010470 ;

www.FIFA.com; FIFA Communications & Public Affairs Division / Johannesburg, 14 April 2010

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