‘Africa Salutes You’ series of artworks.

Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, grandson of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela launched the ‘Africa Salutes You’ series of artworks.

Nkosi Zwelivelile is Chief of Mvezo village, the village where the Mandela chieftaincy is situated and also significantly the birthplace of the world’s greatest statesman, Isithwalandwe Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Conceptualised under the theme: 20 years of 1 man’s freedom under the African sun, the project is composed of a series of 32 paintings in acrylic and on canvas by South African artist Athol Moult. The paintings represent the 32 nations competing for the 2010 World Cup of Soccer. A 33rd canvas will be completed once the 2010 winning team is crowned champions.

The paintings are typically African and were inspired and completed by the children of Mvezo. Each painting was then endorsed by Nkosi Mandela and undersigned by Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

The key aim of this project is to develop the Mvezo area which despite its historic significance is unfortunately still one of the poorest and least developed villages in the country.

This project aims to raise funds for community projects which have been identified by Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela and his community. “It has always been the wish of my grandfather that the best way we can honour him is to develop Mvezo, the home of his ancestors.

The collection will be reproduced in a limited edition of canvases, prints, box sets and bookplates.

It is also envisaged that the ‘Africa Salute you’ project (which has also received support from President Jacob Zuma) with its aim of alleviating poverty and building infrastructure in support of government’s commitment to rural development will provide a perfect build up to the activities of the Nelson Mandela International Day to be held in Mvezo on the 18th of July 2010.

The artwork can be viewed and purchased from the Whatever-it-takes gallery at 15 on Orange Hotel, cnr Grey’s Pass and Orange Street, Cape Town, contact telephone number +27 (0) 76 412 4772.

Price Menu

Limited Edition Canvas Prints:

Prints of each of the 32 teams artwork: 1270 x 990mm
Limited to 210 of each team – US $ 3450

Limited Edition Prints:

Prints of original artwork: 650 x 500mmLimited to 2010 of each team – US $ 1140

Boxed collection prints of all 32 prints – including ‘Africa Salutes You’ book: 330 x 430mm
Limited to 2010 – US $ 5130

Book Prints:

Numbered book plates of original artwork: 425 x 325mm – US $ 120

It’s time for Ke Nako as jpre collaborates with international superstars

IT’S TIME FOR KE NAKO AS JPRE COLLABORATES WITH INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS

Twenty years after helping Nelson Mandela unify South Africa, Jpre is joined by Wyclef Jean, Jazmine Sullivan and B. Howard on People’s Anthem

Cape Town, 29 June 2010: As the world watched Nelson Mandela walk free from prison in 1990, a schoolteacher named John Pretorius sang his heart out in front of 120,000 people on a song he wrote just for the occasion, Sekunjalo Ke Nako. This year sees this historically significant song revamped on a collaboration with international superstar Wyclef Jean, 5-time Grammy Nominee Jazmine Sullivan and B. Howard, this years most anticipated artist.

“With the help of Mr. Mandela and the addition of Wyclef, Jazmine, and B. Howard, the song’s message of Unity, Peace, and Love showcases Africa’s humanity and humility. We hope it will reach the four corners of the globe and become the ‘People’s Anthem’,” said Jpre, a personal friend of the late Michael Jackson, who had committed to join the other artists on this track prior to his untimely death in June 2009.

Sekunjalo Ke Nako was first performed at the Grand Parade Rally in Cape Town, hours after Madiba was released from 27 years in prison. As the rally continued Jpre took the stage and as he sang, Mandela broke into the now famous “Madiba Jive.” The crowd exploded and for the first time since Colonial rule in South Africa, blacks and whites celebrated together with freedom in their minds. It was at that unifying moment that Mr. Mandela asked Jpre to join him at all future political rallies to help win the election of 1994. Ke Nako became Mandela’s unofficial campaign song. As in 1994, the 2010 FIFA World Cup marks another milestone for South Africa and the African continent.

Ke Nako incorporates four main languages of South Africa – Sotho, Zulu Xhosa and English. Produced by B. Howard and interwoven with local artists and choirs including The Soweto Male Choir, the late Lucky Dube’s Band, The Cape Minstrels Musicians and the Boere Orchestra, Ke Nako perfectly blends the rich history of Africa with the international pop sounds of today. Influenced by the powerful message of the original song, FIFA made “KE NAKO” the official slogan of the 2010 World Cup. Currently, Ke Nako is receiving great applaud in Japan with its alignment to a food brand of the same name. The song has impressed the Japanese to such an extent that Jpre was requested to conduct personal performances of the song in front of the Japanese football team as motivation prior to their matches at the World Cup.

Jpre has worked with numerous international performing artists including Jennifer Hudson and LL Cool J and has a close personal relationship with the Jackson family. Jpre’s album is currently in the process of being reworked and will be on the shelves late 2010. The current version of Ke Nako can be found on Sony Music’s Listen Up! The Official 2010 Fifa World Cup Album.

Waka Fever has caught on around the globe

Waka Fever has caught on around the globe. Immediately following Shakira’s headline performance of the official FIFA World Cup song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” at the kick-off concert of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the song has exploded onto the scene with the music video quickly becoming one of the most-viewed clips on YouTube and the song anchoring the #1 spot on charts in over 15 countries.

“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” has gone #1 in over 15 countries, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland. In Mexico, it has held the #1 spot for 5 weeks in a row. The song—which will also be performed by Shakira at the closing ceremonies of the World Cup finals—is the top selling single on digital and mobile platforms in nearly all countries in which it is available for purchase.

The official music video has become an Internet sensation, with over 15 million views on YouTube (averaging 2 million visits per day). The video captures the multicultural spirit of the World Cup, featuring dancers and musicians from countries around the globe as well as key players from several countries: Leo Messi (Argentina), Dani Alves (Brazil), Gerard Pique (Spain), Rafa Marquez (Mexico) and Carlos Kameni (Cameroon).The players wear Shakira’s Waka Waka T-shirts sold during the World Cup period by Mango, with proceeds going to supply aid to primary schools in South Africa. The video introduces the “Waka Waka” dance, which has been imitated by over 83 fan-organized flash mobs in 55 countries, as a show of support for 1GOAL, for which Shakira is an official ambassador.

“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” is featured on the official World Cup album “Listen Up!,” whose proceeds will go to “20 Centers for 2010,” an initiative to achieve social change via the construction of twenty “Football for Hope” community centers throughout Africa. The song is inspired by the 1986 global hit “Zangalewa” by the group Golden Sounds of Cameroon. The song features Zolani Mahola of the South African group Freshlyground

Pan African musicians aren’t all that well known in South Africa. Go get this record

Pan African musicians aren’t all that well known in South Africa.

‘One Africa – African All Stars, Volume 1’

Tay Grin – ‘Focus Africa’

He is Malawi’s most famous rapper by far. At age 9, Limbani Kalilani aka TAY GRIN asserted he would be his own boss. At 14 he predicted two things; that he would own his own company and be a rap music sensation before he was 21. The first rap artist to make an impression on Tay Grin was Jay-z. To find his individual and distinctive rap voice however, Tay looked inwards at his African soul and found that the roots of his Chewa heritage and Malawian culture gave him his true and unique style that complemented the original American hip-hop template.

Banky W – ‘Do It Like This’

Born in the States to Nigerian parents, he moved to Nigeria, West Africa at the tender age of 5 where he learned to appreciate both the beauty and the sorrows of living in the motherland. There he heard the traditional African music and rhythms that are deeply rooted in his sound and faced the harsh realities of everyday life. Ever the entrepreneur, he started a record label, Empire Mate$ Entertainment with his buddies; recorded an EP ‘Undeniable’ and sold records out of the trunk of his car, at local barbershops and performed anywhere he could.

Ikechukwu – ‘Killz TY Mix’

The rap artiste, popularly known as Ikechukwu, was born Ikechukwu Ugonna Onunaku in Manassas, Virginia, USA to Nigerian parents but was flown back home to Nigeria

before his first birthday. After opening shows for Dela-Soul and Common in 2000 and steadily doing shows in New York, New Jersey and Maryland, Ikechukwu knew the time was right for a solo album. His debut effort, ‘Son Of The Soil’ was a resounding success and a wake up call to the budding hip hop scene in Nigeria. Ikechkwu is also accomplished in

the martial arts.

Sasha – ‘Adara’

She shares her birthday (21 May) with her father. She started off rapping with a group of male family friends and soon realised that her chosen stage name ‘Sasha’ was more than just a name when her friend’s Russian mom told her ‘Sasha’ meant ‘Victory’. In August 2004, Sasha added another feather to her hat by becoming West Africa’s first female rapper to represent Nigeria in the KORA West African preliminaries held in Ghana. Sasha has studied Law at the University of Lagos.

Gazza – ‘Sea Side’

Lazarus Karandu Shikumbu known by his stage name Gazza, is a Namibian musician from Oshakati. Gazza is a multi genre talented musician; he has shown influences from kwaito, hip hop, reggae and dancehall in his music. As a soccer lover, he nicknamed himself Gazza after famous English soccer player Paul Gascoigne. After completing his high school he went to study in South Africa where he fell in love with kwaito music. He’s one of the most commercially successful recording artists in Namibia.

Stagga Don Dada – ‘Pressure’

Stagga a.k.a Ralph was born to a Motswana (from Botswana) mother and a Jamaican father in the UK. After going through the drudgery of normal adult life, finishing college, getting married and all, he finally found his calling in music, albeit unplanned. In Botswana, Ralph made his presence felt by taking on local MC’s, on the popular youth radio station Yarona FM. For a man who has yet to release a full-length album, Stagga’s reputation so preceded him that based on the strength of his EP release alone he was invited to perform in Dubai, France and the US (N.Y), where he proved beyond measure that he is a true African MC.

Nneka – ‘Heartbeat’

Born Nneka Egbuna in Warri, Nigeria, in 1981, she emigrated at age 19 to Hamburg, Germany, with plans to study anthropology. Influenced by the towering legacies of Fela Kuti and Bob Marley as well as by contemporary urban American artists such as Mos Def and Lauryn Hill, she also pursued a career in music upon arriving in Germany. In time, she met and began working closely with DJ Farhot and made her recording debut in 2005 with ‘The Uncomfortable Truth’, an introductory five-song EP followed later in the year by the full-length album ‘Victim of Truth’.

Okyeame Kwame ft Richie – ‘Woso’

Born in 1976, this married graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is undoubtedly one of Ghana’s finest rappers and also boasts a multitude of

awards and nominations, including Channel O and Ghana Music Awards. Okyeame is a former member of the Ghanaian rap group ‘Okyeame’ and to date, he has released 2 solo albums.

2 Face – ‘Feeling You’

Innocent Idibia is a Nigerian musician and songwriter. His major breakthrough was composing and singing the jingles in the famous radio show GB Fan Club in Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996. He later relocated to Lagos and joined up with his ex-IMT mate BlackFace to form Plantashun Boyz and started calling himself ‘2Face’ in 1996. His award winning hit track ‘African Queen’ was used as the sound track of the 2006 comedy film, Phat Girlz, making him even more recognized internationally. He has

also won the MOBO and MTV Best African Act award Artist: 2 Face, Song Title: ‘Feeling You’, over the years.

Nameless – ‘Sinzia’

Born David Mathenge in Nairobi Kenya, Nameless ventured into the world of music in 1999, while still a student at the University of Nairobi pursuing a degree in Architecture. He

won a freestyle battle and landed himself a recording stint with one of Kenya’s leading music producers Tedd Josiah. In 2006, Nameless got international recognition and was

nominated for the prestigious MTV Europe Awards, under best male artist, Africa.

Nakaaya – ‘Mr Politician’

Nakaaya Sumari (born September 3, 1982 in Arusha, Tanzania) is Tanzanian R&B-hip hop singer. She is the oldest of five children. Her younger sister, Nancy Sumari, was Miss Tanzania 2005 and Miss World Africa. In February 2008 she released her debut album, ‘Nervous Conditions’. The album did well on radio, but the follow up single, ‘Mr. Politician’ was a huge hit across east Africa. The video enjoyed wide rotation and made Nakaaya hugely popular. She has also worked as a goodwill Ambassador for the East African

Community and is now based in Kenya.

Wax – ‘Miss Real, Mr Regular’

Born in Cameroon and based in South Africa, 28-year-old Wax aka Nde Ndifonka, has made his mark across the continent as one of Africa’s most influential

youngsters, excelling as a social activist, humanitarian, renaissance writer and world-class musician. As a performer of relevance, he carries his messages of

love and compassion throughout the world. His first single ‘Miss Real, Mr. Regular’ is gaining wide recognition on commercial radio and TV stations across Africa.

Blu 3 – ‘Where You Are’

BLU 3 stands for Beautiful Ladies of Uganda and is East Africa’s hottest all-girl group made up of Mya Baganda, Jackie Chandiru and Lilian Mbabazi. The trio recently released their third album called ‘Be Free’. BLU 3 seamlessly blends English, Luganda and Swahili lyrics together into a melodic journey through various genres of music including R&B, Pop, Dancehall, Hip Hop, House and Afro Beat. With numerous chart topping hits and awards under their belts, these girls are headed for international stardom.

Nox – ‘Wandinoda’

Enock Guni a.k.a NOX was born on 6 September 1983 in Masvingo in Zimbabwe. He started singing at a very early age and he first got recognition in the mid 2000’s with a single called ‘Maria’. Nox is one of Zimbabwe’s most popular urban musicians and is also known for his flamboyant videos and high energy live performances. To date, he has recorded 4

albums and he is working on the 5th one. He also has an honors degree in marketing.

Redsan – ‘Yule Pale’

Redsan whose real name is Swabri Mohamed was born and bred in Kenya. He is the first African artist to introduce the new generation of dancehall reggae in Africa. He has performed with artistes like Sean Paul, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Brick and Lace, Keri Hillson just to mention a few. Redsan is the new era of dancehall reggae with international

cross over hits like ‘Yule Pale’, ‘Touch’, ‘Desire’, and ‘Wanipa Raha’. Redsan continues to put Africa in the light with his musical artistry

Dude Miyaki – ‘Format’

He was born to Nigerian parents in 1977 in Akoko South. At the age of 10 his father bought him a piano which was his first musical instrument. He has not looked back ever since.

Dudu studied broadcasting at the New York film academy. In 2008 he returned to South Africa and he linked up with an old friend who led him to a record label that was looking for a

Nigerian artist. Since then he made such an impression that he has become the glory of that label to date. Dudu, like his late father, also sings with his church choir.

the greatest sporting weekend of my life

Warm greetings once more.

The truth is that this newsletter could have been called whatever you want it to be as there is not one singular superlative that can describe what this past weekend was like.

Speaking of contenders England proved once again that they are not contenders but instead are merely tomatoes and the reality is that this is the world cup, not a soup kitchen.

The first of the big guns were in action on Saturday and I was there. And I arranged a ticket at face value for Manfred and Kanyiso. We watched Argentina carve Nigeria open. It could have been a massacre but thanks to a stupendous display of goalkeeping by Vincent Enyeamba it was only 1-0. It may have been in Johannesburg but we could just as well have been in Buenos Aires. Once more ‘phenomenal’ would be euphemistic.

The opening match was special and so was this one. They were different and for different reasons too but it only made me more determined to attend a Copa America. When Diego Maradona walked onto the field and waved at the Argies, they went ballistic. The only man that is revered as such that I know of is Nelson Mandela himself.

Germany looked very impressive indeed in spite of their very young side. To add to that Argentina impressed me as did South Korea. but let us face the facts, Re England If Robert Green and David James are the best you have then I am afraid you are not going to cover yourselves in glory. As always England’s media promise everything and the team delivers nothing. Of course it is only one game and things could change but I do not foresee that happening. And since I made mention of the UK press now would be a good time to mention that England won the 1966 world cup.

The opening weekend of the world cup turned out to be the greatest sporting weekend of my life. There is no monetary value that can be put on the experience and I am certainly going to cherish the blessing and privilege that it has been forever.

Look after yourself.

R KELLY FOR CAPE TOWN TODAY AT 18H30 TONIGHT

R KELLY will be performing The Official Anthem, Sign Of A Victory, at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony on June 11th.

He will be making a whirlwind stop in Cape town today and will be appearing at the Grand Parade at 18h30 with the mayor of Cape Town .

THE SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS

18:30: Balcony Ceremony with Mayor

19:04 -19:25: Mr Kelly on stage

JUSTIN BERGH TO LAUNCH THIRD ALBUM AT WEMBLEY SQUARE ON WED 9 JUNE 2010 @ 5.30PM

JUSTIN BERGH TO LAUNCH THIRD ALBUM AT WEMBLEY SQUARE ON WED 9 JUNE 2010 @ 5.30PM

South African singer songwriter Justin Bergh launches his anticipated third album “Inside Out” at Wembley Square, Cape Town on Wednesday 9 June 2010 from 17h30. Justin will be performing an acoustic set of tracks from the album, including the first single “Special” and his latest chart hit “Miss America”, penned by international recording artist Bryan Adams. “Inside Out” will be available digitally at Nokia Music Store from 7 June 2010. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinBergh or click to www.justinbergh.com to preview the album.

SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE – THE GENTLE GIANT OF SA MUSIC

BIOGRAPHY -June 2010

SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE

THE GENTLE GIANT OF SA MUSIC

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is much more that one of South Africa, and the worlds, most admired and respected musicians; he is a gentle living legend.

Today, after close on 50 years of musical accomplishment and history behind him, Mabuse’s influence on the industry that gave him his voice continues to grow in leaps and bounds.

Mabuse wears many hats – entertainer, businessman, father and care-giver to many, he is an integral part of the entertainment industry and his contribution to the diverse landscape of South Africa is appreciated and honoured by music lovers the world over. From Carnegie Hall, New York to Newtown Johannesburg, when “Hotstix” hits a stage, the world sits up and listens.

Born in Johannesburg in 1951, Mabuse began playing the drums from the age of 8 – the instrument that he would master to such an extent that he quickly gained the nickname “Hotstix”, a name that follows him to this day.
Fiercely proud and keen to share his wealth of knowledge, he’s passionate about having the youth look, learn and respect the veterans of what makes this country great. “Our elders, parents and forefathers need to be respected and heard for their contribution,” he explains. “If we look and listen, we can only continue to grow.”

Mabuse, as a clearly competent musician, has mastered many instruments: the drums, flute, piano, saxophone, kalimba, alto flute, timbales and African drums. However, as a young man, he thought he was destined to become a doctor or a lawyer, not a world famous musician. Music affected him at a very young age with influences from his grandfather and uncles, who were traditional singers of scatamiya, a choral music derivative sung mainly by men.

He began his career as a professional musician at the age of 15 when, during his high school years, he formed his first band The Beaters. The Beaters evolved to become Harari, one of the most successful acts that dominated the music scene of the 1970’s in South Africa. A highlight in their more than decade long career came in 1978 when the group was invited to perform in the USA with Hugh Masekela. During the tour, the band’s leader Selby Ntuli died, leaving Sipho as the new front man.  Harari supported and backed Percy Sledge, Timmy Thomas, Letta Mbula, Brook Benton and Wilson Pickett on their South African tours. This eclectic ensemble was impossible to categorise; mixing funk and disco with jazz, while also using traditional African instruments to create a completely unique sound that many tried, but failed to imitate. They were the ultimate party band, yet boasted some of the best musicians around at the time, such as Alec Khali and Lionel Petersen.  One of South Africa’s most important musical acts – Harari will forever hold legendary status – even after their split in 1982.

In his solo capacity, Mabuse continued to create great, original South African-born music, culminating with his most important single in 1985. “Burn Out” catapulted him to a new level of fame, turning him into a much applauded success.  Released the year PW Botha, the former President, declared a state of emergency, this impeccably funky township disco jive jam became the first major crossover hit in South Africa, selling in excess of half a million copies. Over the years the song has been remixed by international deejays and covered by many of South African artists, qualifying it as one of the country’s most cherished classic tracks ever. His name became synonymous with “township jive”, but, as his live performances over the past two decades have shown, it’s never been easy to label “Hotstix”.

In 1996, after a ten-year sabbatical, Mabuse returned with the album Township Child, an album that brought him back into the musical forefront.  A number of albums followed, including two live albums in 2005 and 2006, both captured the spirit of what makes every Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse performance great. In fact, throughout the course of Mabuse’s near 50-year career, he has become a musical ambassador for South Africa, performing in virtually every country in Africa and touring to places such  as the United States, England, France, Germany and Italy as well as a host of others. He has also recorded and produced many legendary artists such as Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo.

Beyond his ongoing musical and philanthropic work, he’s busier in 2010 than at the height of his pop career of the 1970’s and 80s. Accepting invitations to perform right around the world or championing many local causes, was made easier when in 2005, as owner of Kippies, he decided to close what si still remembered today as being one of the country’s most prolific jazz establishments. As a regular commentator on arts and culture in the country, he has sat on the boards of The National Arts Council and SAMRO (South African Musicians Rights Organisation).

As one era ended, so a new one has begun and with it the promise of a brand new album in 2011, the year in which Mabuse celebrates his golden anniversary as one of South Africa’s most endearing talent, the future looks bright indeed.

“I still have a lot to sing and perform for,” he smiles in conclusion. Between constant touring that’s set to only increase, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is doing everything but slow down. “There is rarely a time when I am not actively involved in the music industry – and that’s the way I like it,” he asserts.

Warm, compassionate, caring and gifted in ways even he is still learning about, this gentle giant of great original music is as vital a player today as he ever was. With a wealthy catalogue that’s anchored in Africa, all who meet, greet and share stages with him are equally touched by a humility and grace that’s as rare as the talent this living legend shares with us all.

Selected Discography

Township Child

Best of Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

Chant of the Marching Live Jo’burg

Selected Career Highlights

SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2005

46664 Ambassador performed at both London Hyde Park show (2008) and New York show at Radio City Music Hall ( 2009)

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World Cup Predictions Part II

Warm greetings once more.

Last week we examined the world cup group stages and in order of group winner and runner-up I concluded that these would be the teams involved in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Group A: France, South Africa Group B: Argentina, Nigeria

Group C: England, USA Group D: Germany, Australia

Group E: Holland, Cameroon Group F: Italy, Paraguay

Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast Group H: Spain, Chile

Thank you for your opinion last week. I thoroughly enjoyed our debates. I fear some of these may have to change now owing to the injury crisis of the last week but I shall do the honourable thing and stick to my predictions. For example I doubt Ivory Coast will make it now without Drogba but I tipped them last week so I shall hold on to that one. But now it is time to get into the business end of the world’s greatest sporting event. In the Last sixteen I foresee the following fixtures:

France vs Nigeria: Unfortunately the Nigerians have lost the fear factor they possessed in the 1990’s and I think the ocassion will be too big for them.

England vs Australia: The Ashes is now a football match. I think the Aussies will give as good as they get but ultimately the Poms will win this one.

Germany vs USA: Even without Michael Ballack the three-time world champions should win this one. It is a repeat of the 2002 quarterfinal. Germany won then and they will win here too.

Argentina vs South Africa: My heart would love nothing more than an upset win for my beloved Bafana Bafana. But my head asks how will Aaron Mokoena handle Lionel Messi? How will Kagisho Dikgacoi stop Juan Sebastian Veron?

Holland vs Paraguay: The South Americans were supreme in their qualifying campaign but unfortunately the qualifiers actually count for nothing once you are on the biggest stage. The Dutch to triumph.

Brazil vs Chile: If nothing else this will be an entertaining match as South American teams play with flair and passion. The Chileans will do what they can to stop their more illustrious opponents but ultimately it will be in vain.

Italy vs Cameroon: On this day I plan to wear my Samuel Eto’o shirt. Sadly you can wear any shirt you like and sing hymns all day long but it will be to no avail. The Azurri will somehow cheat and pillage their way to victory.

Spain vs Ivory Coast: Would it not be wonderful if Kalou and Toure could win this one? It would be a fairy tale victory for sure. The problem is that this is real and not a Disney movie. Au revoir, Cote D’Ivoire.

From here we move on to the quarterfinals.

Holland vs Brazil: This will be a great match as both teams actually play football. A 3-2 result is hardly out of the question or even a 4-3. Whatever happens the team with the most goals will be Brazil.

France vs England: Raymond Domenech has experienced incredible luck as France manager. That luck will run out here. That said neither of these two sides deserve more than a quarterfinal berth and the good fortune of a quarterfinal meeting means one will be in the final four. I expect the English to win.

Argentina vs Germany: This will be an explosive encounter. The Argies have the better players. The Germans have a better history. In 2006 these two contested an epic quarterfinal in which the Germans won on penalties. This time it is Argentina’s turn.

Italy vs Spain: Corruption and conniving can only get you so far. If the European champions score first it is game over for the Italians. La Roja may score a second and even a third if I have my way. Spain win.

And now the semifinals:

England vs Brazil: Fabio Capello will be seen as a hero for taking England to their best world cup result since Sir Bobby Robson’s class of 1990. Can David James handle what the Selecao bombard him with? I doubt it. Ditto for Rio Ferdinand. The five-time world champions to overwhelm the Three Lions.

Argentina vs Spain: What a memorable encounter this could be. It really is one of those that could go either way. Spain could be without Torres. Veron, in the twilight of his career, would never have been this close to world cup glory. I expect the midfielder to orchestrate a win for Maradona’s men.

This sets up an all-South American final. What a wonderful way to wrap up Africa’s first world cup.

Brazil vs Argentina. They played in the final of the Copa America in 2007 and the five-time world champions hammered the Argies 3-0. In the world cup qualifiers there was more success for the Brazilians. Well in sport success is cyclical and with that in mind I am tipping Javier Mascherano to raise the world cup high on July 11th.

Feel free to argue.

Heal the world

World Cup Predictions Part II In the Last sixteen I foresee the following fixtures:

Warm greetings once more.

Last week we examined the world cup group stages and in order of group winner and runner-up I concluded that these would be the teams involved in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Group A: France, South Africa Group B: Argentina, Nigeria

Group C: England, USA Group D: Germany, Australia

Group E: Holland, Cameroon Group F: Italy, Paraguay

Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast Group H: Spain, Chile

Thank you for your opinion last week. I thoroughly enjoyed our debates. I fear some of these may have to change now owing to the injury crisis of the last week but I shall do the honourable thing and stick to my predictions. For example I doubt Ivory Coast will make it now without Drogba but I tipped them last week so I shall hold on to that one. But now it is time to get into the business end of the world’s greatest sporting event. In the Last sixteen I foresee the following fixtures and my friend Peter Stemmet from Etv ( who writes what we debate ) and I have had many a discussion trust me .

France vs Nigeria: Unfortunately the Nigerians have lost the fear factor they possessed in the 1990’s and I think the ocassion will be too big for them.

England vs Australia: The Ashes is now a football match. I think the Aussies will give as good as they get but ultimately the Poms will win this one.

Germany vs USA: Even without Michael Ballack the three-time world champions should win this one. It is a repeat of the 2002 quarterfinal. Germany won then and they will win here too.

Argentina vs South Africa: My heart would love nothing more than an upset win for my beloved Bafana Bafana. But my head asks how will Aaron Mokoena handle Lionel Messi? How will Kagisho Dikgacoi stop Juan Sebastian Veron?

Holland vs Paraguay: The South Americans were supreme in their qualifying campaign but unfortunately the qualifiers actually count for nothing once you are on the biggest stage. The Dutch to triumph.

Brazil vs Chile: If nothing else this will be an entertaining match as South American teams play with flair and passion. The Chileans will do what they can to stop their more illustrious opponents but ultimately it will be in vain.

Italy vs Cameroon: On this day I plan to wear my Samuel Eto’o shirt. Sadly you can wear any shirt you like and sing hymns all day long but it will be to no avail. The Azurri will somehow cheat and pillage their way to victory.

Spain vs Ivory Coast: Would it not be wonderful if Kalou and Toure could win this one? It would be a fairy tale victory for sure. The problem is that this is real and not a Disney movie. Au revoir, Cote D’Ivoire.

From here we move on to the quarterfinals.

Holland vs Brazil: This will be a great match as both teams actually play football. A 3-2 result is hardly out of the question or even a 4-3. Whatever happens the team with the most goals will be Brazil.

France vs England: Raymond Domenech has experienced incredible luck as France manager. That luck will run out here. That said neither of these two sides deserve more than a quarterfinal berth and the good fortune of a quarterfinal meeting means one will be in the final four. I expect the English to win.

Argentina vs Germany: This will be an explosive encounter. The Argies have the better players. The Germans have a better history. In 2006 these two contested an epic quarterfinal in which the Germans won on penalties. This time it is Argentina’s turn.

Italy vs Spain: Corruption and conniving can only get you so far. If the European champions score first it is game over for the Italians. La Roja may score a second and even a third if I have my way. Spain win.

And now the semifinals:

England vs Brazil: Fabio Capello will be seen as a hero for taking England to their best world cup result since Sir Bobby Robson’s class of 1990. Can David James handle what the Selecao bombard him with? I doubt it. Ditto for Rio Ferdinand. The five-time world champions to overwhelm the Three Lions.

Argentina vs Spain: What a memorable encounter this could be. It really is one of those that could go either way. Spain could be without Torres. Veron, in the twilight of his career, would never have been this close to world cup glory. I expect the midfielder to orchestrate a win for Maradona’s men.

This sets up an all-South American final. What a wonderful way to wrap up Africa’s first world cup.

Brazil vs Argentina. They played in the final of the Copa America in 2007 and the five-time world champions hammered the Argies 3-0. In the world cup qualifiers there was more success for the Brazilians. Well in sport success is cyclical and with that in mind I am tipping Javier Mascherano to raise the world cup high on July 11th.

Feel free to argue.

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