Will the Real, Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song Please Stand Up?

By correspondent Akua Nyame-Mensah

When you Google World Cup Song or FIFA 2010 Song various tracks pop up, the majority are headlined by musicians from the developed world.

No longer waving my flag

Contrary to popular belief, “Wavin’ Flag” by Somali-Canadian musician K’naan is NOT the Official World Cup Song.  K’naan has become an extremely popular musician in the last year or two but the popular version of his song ‘Wavin’ Flag Celebration Mix” featuring Spanish popstar, David Bisbal is only Coca-Cola’s (a major sponsor of the games) anthem for the summer (See “K’Naan Celebrates His World Cup Anthem “).

Akon, Lady Gaga & Pepsi?

The originally Senegalese singer/ songwriter and producer, Akon, told reporters he was picked to produce the 2010 World Cup song in 2009 – but his 2010 song “Oh Africa” is not it.  This is Akon’s (featuring Keri Hilson) “Oh Africa”, that is sometimes labeled as the World Cup Song and seems to have been financed in part by Pepsi.  Didier Drogaba, Fernando Torres, Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and a few more Pepsi footballer spokesmen make appearances in the video.  According to the song’s Wikipedia page “Oh Africa” was released as a charity single and features the voices of a Soweto Gospel Choir. Some blogs also report that Lady Gaga is involved in the production of the real 2010 World Cup anthem (See The Insider: Akon to Produce 2010 FIFA World Cup anthem).

“The World Cup Song FIFA is trying to stop?”

You probably have not heard the song “Stand as One” but it is one of the half of dozen songs that pops up when searching for 2010 World Cup tracks.  The catchy song was written and performed by South African Martin PK.  I am not sure if this is the actual video but you can sing along to “Stand As One” at www.worldcupsong.net.  I thought it was interesting that the video was uploaded with the title: “The World Cup Song FIFA is trying to stop” but could not find any other reports to verify this.  It is touted as the “unofficial” song of the games on some blog posts.

Former Destiny Child Involved too?

The track “Everywhere You Go” is also a ‘World Cup Song.’  The track features the voices of Kelly Rowland, Nigerian 2Face and according a blog post Awadi of Senegal, Chameleone of Uganda,Samini, Crotale, Jozi, Kwesta, Rola, Slikour and Zuluboy of South Africa.

The Chosen One

According to online reports just this week the Official World Cup Anthem was chosen.  It is a song by the South African group Freshlyground and Shakira entitled “Time for Africa” (www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/apr/16/shakira-freshlyground-world-cup-anthem).  The song will be released to radio station this week.

Why are there so many ‘World Cup Songs’ out there?

There are various songs out there due to the fact that EA Sports earlier this month released a 2010 FIFA World Cup Soundtrack.  There also songs that were developed especially for game, team sponsors and participating countries.  Until I hear the ‘chosen one’ I’m going to keep rocking out (attempting to dance) to  “Stand as One” and the K’naan featuring David Bisbal version – the latter just so happens to be on the EA Sports Soundtrack as well.  I am looking forward to hopefully attending the opening ceremony the night before the games kick off on June 11th in Johannesburg but only wish that Martin PK and K’naan and not the Black Eyed Peas or Alicia Keys would be performing.

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