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 is the second World Cup I am watching as an American citizen, though, I am also supporting the U.S. national team.

They’re a young team, and a good one. OK, maybe that’s a bit of wishful thinking. But they’re also the most diverse team the U.S. has ever fielded at the World Cup, made up of a considerable number of players who are first generation Americans, representing the America that I know. While they’re not exactly the “seventh African team,” they come close 😉

So today’s 2010 World Cup music moment, just in time for the team’s kickoff against Slovenia, comes courtesy of The Fader’s Pitch Perfect project, which Sean wrote about yesterday. This North America mix, one of the six they commissioned for each continent (save Antarctica), was put together by our friend Chief Boima. Like many of us, he’s got roots in multiple places—something that is always reflected in his music, which by the way is always excellent. Enjoy.

Further Reading

Mobilizing in disorder

Post the looting and failed insurrection, what would it mean for the South African left to undertake a populist political strategy? And should it look to South America for inspiration? A long read.