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The Unofficial World Cup Song?

Is this playful ode to coloured identity,* becoming the unofficial World Cup anthem? Apparently South Africa’s football team–now finally scoring goals in warm up games celebrate by mimicking the dances…..

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Friday Music Bonus Edition

Let’s do a Friday Diaspora edition. There are some half-baked attempts at linking the videos in here. But don’t take them too seriously. French-Congolese Youssoupha on living in France in…..

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Coco Cola and the "African Boy"

I’m a bit late with this, but I’ll post it anyway. (Look out for lots of posts about World Cup commercials on this site over the next few days.) Another…..

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Naija Does It Again

In yesterday’s special “Africa issue” of Canada’s Globe and Mail, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote this on contemporary Nigerian music: “The music is cross-cultural, polyglot, derivative, but is also, at its…..

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Toto meets Mango Groove

FIFA and the South African organizers of the World Cup yesterday unveiled the official World Cup tune. Sorry K’Naan. You’ll always have Coco Cola. The song, with an “African” beat…..

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Have another Coke and smile Roger Milla

Having stripped the Somalian singer K’Naan’s protest song, “Waving Flag” of any meaning, Coco Cola now sets about to trivialize African football history. As reported by Steve Bloomfield on his…..

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Akon Deserves a Pepsi

Apparently the video for Pepsi’s “Oh Africa” commercial is the first 2010 World Cup commercial to go viral. (I’ve blogged about it here before.)  So much for Coke thinking its…..

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K’Naan and Akon have now produced versions of their World Cup songs for Coco Cola and Pepsi respectively. The transformation is complete. First Akon’s “Africa.”  It is not clear where that…..

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Video: Akon's "Africa"

The R&B singer, Akon has released his own 2010 World Cup song with the original title “Africa.”  (Akon is the second R&B or rap singer–the other is K’Naan–to release a World Cup…..