The Soccer World Cup is rapidly approaching the halfway stage and has already delivered all sorts of fantastic stuff so far. What a rollercoaster of fan walks, fan fests, soccer drama, vibrant colours, waving flags, national pride and the list goes on. For soccer fans and tourists to South Africa, this has been a huge opportunity to visit “the land of contrasts” and experience the genuine hospitality that South Africans are becoming renowned for. But more on that later. Today is Football Friday
and it is time to blow the praises of the mighty Vuvuzela.
This now omnipotent Vuvuzela that has been the talk of the tournament. Love it or hate it, the Vuvuzela is undeniably the icon of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. It creates a spirit across nations, it is colorful, and electrifies the airwaves on any street or in any stadium. Out of nowhere this plastic trumpety thing has rapidly shot to fame as the most talked about item in the sports fan world. They are selling faster than loaves of bread in London, they have been banned at Wimbledon and are bound to become a staple part of any soccer/american football/baseball/basketball/ice hockey fan’s standard issue arsenal in the near future.
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The world wide web is buzzing with all sorts of Vuvuzela fun and games. The term #Vuvuzela has consistently been in the top 10 worldwide Twitter trending topics for the last few weeks, YouTube has installed a Vuvuzela button on its menu bar, just in case you are missing the buzz. Here are some links to a collection of Vuvuzela sites, blogs and apps that are on the web:
Great blog by Mr. Vuvu, with some classic Vuvuzela humor: http://mr-vuvu.posterous.com/
Learn about the origins of the Vuvu: http://www.vuvuzelasouthafrica.co.za/category/origins-of-the-vuvuzela/
Blow the Vuvu using your keyboard: http://www.spitorswallow.co.za/blowme.php
If you can’t get enough of the buzzing vuvu sound, then use this search engine:
It may seem like a simple enough instrument to use, but there is definitely an art to it. I blew mine for almost 90 minutes at the Fan Jol where we watched Bafana’s final game v France, where Bafana gave us local fans a lot to Vuvuzela about, winning 2-1 in the end. And there were some serious vuvuzela artists in the mix there: with homemade versions over 2 metres long, the rhythmn and variation they created was quite something.
So to learn how to play it, watch this for starters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X031mwwuLg
And this for higher grade instruction and hilarious good value (thanks Mr Vuvu!), watch this:
And of course there is already an app for iPhone users to download, which allows you to blow into your iPhone and make the vuvu sound. iPhone’s Vuvuzela 2010 application, which has been downloaded 3.5 million times to date, has been rated as the number one free app all over the world, earning its developers thousands of dollars a week in advertising revenue.
Download it here:
And as for “Ayoba!” what a brilliant verb that has been created by the MTN advertising crew. “Ayoba!”, along with the Vuvuzela have created a thing that is hard to describe but totally uplifting, celebratory and catchy. Hard to describe what it really means, just watch this to get a feel:
What a hype! Viva the Vuvu! Enjoy the rest of the World Cup.