2010 World Cup


Thursday, July 4th, 2013

After the World Cup is gone

Do we need a book on the 2010 World Cup already? That’s the first question I asked Peter Alegi and Chris Bolsmann, editors of the brand new volume, Africa’s World Cup (University of Michigan Press, 2013). Their quick riposte: “Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu said that ‘anyone who wasn’t thrilled by the World Cup needs to see

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

“Just like in a science fiction movie”

The Mtsweni family lives in a squatter camp in Mamelodi township outside Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. Seventeen year old Lerato, who goes by Moskito, tells young German director Benjamin Kahlmeyer: “It’s not a real city. It’s what we call a...

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The 19th New York African Film Festival: ‘Maami’

The secret to making a good movie about sport is to make sure there isn’t any sport in it. Remember ‘Invictus‘? Remember ‘Goal‘? Exactly. Distinguished Nigerian filmmaker Tunde Kelani must have known this, because there isn’t any...

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

‘Let’s pray that this is one bit of culture that won’t make it out of Africa’

Thursday, May 5th, 2011


Earlier this week ESPN won seven Sports Emmy Awards, including one for music during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, like the video–played at the start of broadcasts and during breaks from the studio in South...

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Shameless Self-Promotion

A piece I wrote was published in The New York Times–on January 1, 2011–as part of an op-ed feature “Around the World in 12 Months (in 2010).” My recollections of the 2010 World Cup was the entry...

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Music Break

In case you missed it, here is one the stars of the 2010 World Cup, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan, making his debut as Baby Jet, in the video for Castro’s “African Girls.” Despite all the bling, bubbly and...

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Streets is Watching

Oh no she didn’t. (Shakira gets asked about the origins of “Waka Waka” about 30 seconds into this press conference during the World Cup in South Africa.) Seriously, who didn’t already know this song when they heard...

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Obrigado, Pelé

What if Pelé had scored his final goal for Brazil, against Argentina? That’s the premise of 1284, the new short film starring 69-year old Pelé himself, which is ultimately a really touching tribute to the greatest footballer...

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Le Lion Indomptable

As we all know, The Indomitable Lions were the first team to be ousted from this year’s World Cup. As they play their final match in South Africa against Holland, let’s take a moment to remember some...

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Dirty Paraffin is “genre-defying”

We’ve been following The Fader’s Pitch Perfect documentary series since the start of the World Cup two weeks ago. In episode 2, The Fader documentary team receives a “short history of SA dance pop” from Johannesburg’s “genre-defying”...

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

The Ugly American

Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King is unhappy with the officiating of Malian referee Koman Coulibaly at yesterday's infamous 2010 World Cup first round match between USA and Slovenia.

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Comme Si Je N’Existais Pas

It’s Algeria’s turn. They’re about to face off against England shortly, so today’s (second) 2010 World Cup music moment comes courtesy of Khaled‘s “Aicha,” hands down one of my favorite songs of all time and one of...

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Pitch Perfect Friday

Obviously, we here at Africa is a Country are fully behind Bafana Bafana, and the rest of the teams representing Africa at the 2010 World Cup. And, yes, unlike Chimamanda Adichie, that also includes Algeria. As this...

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Viva Africa

The Super Eagles are kicking off against Greece shortly, so today’s 2010 World Cup music moment comes from Nneka. She’s got a song, “Viva Africa,” on Listen Up, the official 2010 FIFA World Cup album. Here’s the...

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

ESPN observes Youth Day

I went to ESPN’s website to check WC scores and was surprised to find two short videos on its soccer homepage commemorating the June 16, 1976 student uprising in Soweto. A day which is now recognized as...

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Vuvuzela Bafana

Courtesy of Ghetto Bassquake (whose World Cup Rivalry series I highly recommend), and just in time for Bafana Bafana’s imminent kickoff against Uruguay, we bring you DJ Sbu’s “Vuvuzela Bafana,” a track “solely dedicated to motivate the...

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

World Cup / Mondiale / Mundial

From Nomadic Wax comes World Cup “a one-of-a-kind World Cup-inspired transnational hip-hop collaboration” featuring rappers from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the United States, and Europe.

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Introducing: Pilgrimages

In honor of the 2010 World Cup, the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers, based at Bard College in New York, in collaboration with Chimurenga Magazine, Kwani, and Farafina Magazine, has just announced a very (very) cool...

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Prepare To Be Shocked

Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, whose penchant for animal prints is well-known, has just unveiled his design for the outfit that Shakira will be wearing during the official 2010 World Cup Kickoff Celebration Concert. Shocking. h/t A Bombastic...

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

And Then There Was Adidas

“adidas Originals invites you to join David Beckham, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Franz Beckenbauer, Noel Gallagher, Ian Brown, Ciara, Jay Baruchel, DJ Neil Armstrong and some of your dear, old friends for an intergalactic 2010 FIFA World...

Friday, June 4th, 2010

On Va Samizé

Everyone needs some coupé décalé in their life, especially on Fridays. Today it comes in the form of an ode to Samuel Eto’o (la fierté de l’Afrique!) from Cameroonian DJs Polio and Kitoko. It also seems like...

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Vamos a ir a Sudafrica

Whether you’re in the Netherlands, Australia or Mexico, it seems Africa looks the same (but you already knew that). In yet another “original” 2010 World Cup promo, we find actors and newscasters from Mexico’s Televisa network “on...

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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 one of the myriad of commercials made...

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Football Friday

Via Black Looks

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Step in the Name of Football

Just in case you thought we were done with Official 2010 World Cup songs here at Africa is a Country, I’m here to remind you that we aren’t. Today, we bring you R. Kelly (Kells!)...

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Welcome to the Rainbow Nation

So, the BBC has unveiled this trailer, titled “The World Cup from the Rainbow Nation,” to promote its coverage of the 2010 World Cup. As The Guardian notes, the clip features “a montage of African...

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

For Us By Us?

The Africa we dream of/Only 8 goals away. This from the “8 Goals for Africa” song, which is part of an awareness and advocacy campaign developed by the United Nations System in South Africa on the eight...

Friday, May 14th, 2010

World Cup: The Art Edition

Friday, May 14th, 2010

South Africa. It’s in South America

Apparently on a Chicago TV station. Let’s hope this a spoof. Otherwise it explains this kind of thing and the kinds of rubbish being reported about the 2010 World Cup. Remember it’s controversial and it is in...

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