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World Cup of Music July 3rd

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2010 by fred6368

Quarter Finals

Preview of Matches July 3rd; Well as predicted Uruguay won on penalties but Brasil threw away a winning position against a relentless Holland. Will this lead to a repeat of  the 1974 Final between Holland and Germany? I thought the final would be between Brasil & Argentina so I will stay with Argentina, which might mean that we get a repeat of the 1978 Final between Holland and Argentina if Argentina win in normal time; Germany could nick it on penalties. So the predictions that Latin America might rule the world might prove a little premature. Paraguay and Spain doesnt seem too hard to predict, but I think Spain need to get ahead early and not let Paraguay either shut them down or start to believe they can nick it; Spain to win in normal time else Paraguay on penalties. Musically we’ve just lost two wonderful musical nations in Brasil and Ghana, and today I much prefer the music from Argentina and Spain, which doesn’t bode well. So with Brasil going out to a high Sneijder cross todays Theme Tune is by CSS, from Sao Paulo, and Listen to Death from Above;  

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World Cup of Music July 2nd

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2010 by fred6368

Quarter Finals

Preview of Matches July 2nd; From now on there are matches that could have been the Final and Brasil Holland is one of those. Could go either way with both teams very solid in defence. Sneijder has probably been the playmaker of the tournament and Robben can shred any defence, but Brasil offer invention all over the pitch and should prevail; yellow-orange dayglo heaven. Uruguay and Ghana have been the revelations of the tournament musically, see yesterday’s post for more. Very even match with Forlan and Suarez able to score from anywhere whilst Gyan and Prince-Boateng offering a similar threat. If it goes to extra time then Ghana to win, but on penalties then Uruguay. So in tribute to South Africa’s wonderfully noisy staging of the World Cup and African’s continuing footballing presence in Ghana, todays Theme Tune is the wonderful Salif Keita and Africa; Continue reading

World Cup of Music July 1

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2010 by fred6368

Best Music Videos by Quarter-Final Nations

I have long enjoyed Latin music, having managed a Venezualan salsa band Spiteri, because of its percussion, so the gentle, and intense rhythms of Brasilian music have always worked for me. And I also enjoyed the nuevo tango of Argentina ever since I first heard Gotan Project’s Tripitico (video) on the Robert Elms show on Radio London (thanks Robert). So having read a year ago that Carlos Gaudel, the Frank Sinatra of Tango, was really from Uruguay and, in Alex Bellos marvellous Futebol, on Brasilian football as a way of life, that the beautiful yellow, green and blue kit of Brasil was designed by a Uruguayan, I have learnt to expect surprises from Uruguay. So my major discovery on World Cup of Music has been Hugo Fattoruso and the Afro-Uruguayan rhythms of candombe that underpin tango.

Uruguay; The Uruguayan capital of Montevideo is known as “la Capital Mundial del Candombe” and like Olodum in Salvador Brasil, Candombe underpins various local cultural activities, as this video suggests. There is also an interview with Hugo Fattoruso in the text below. A longer Candombe video is here but this is the video of Lonjas de Cuareim; Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 28

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by fred6368

Second Round Knockout Matches

Review of Matches June 27; England continued their recent dominance over the auld enemy Australia winning the tournament comfortably on Sunday. Hang on! This is a blog about soccer. Oh well, continuing our recent incompetence at international football we were thrashed by Germany 4-1. At last, after 44 years of whinging, Germany have benefitted from a goal-line refereeing error and won a game they deserved to win. If you think FIFA should bring in goal-line technology sign the petition on Facebook. Lampard overtook Jay-Jay Okocha and officially became the least-likely player to score in a World Cup. Mexico were far worse served by a refeering error when Tevez scored when offside after Mexico had the better chances early on. With Rosario gifting the ball to Higuain and Tevez smashing the shot of the tournament so far Argentine won relatively comfortably. BBC replays here, FIFA replays here. With such a devastating end to England and a number of great goals to admire we can only Look on The Bright Side of Football;   Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 25

Posted in Uncategorized, World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by fred6368

Final Games; Groups G & H

Review of Matches June 24; And the shocks just keep on coming! Perhaps not? Italy had been dire but we expected their football smarts to see them through as they did in 2006. Despite Italy scoring 2 late goals once Pirlo came on Lippi got his desserts and Slovakia played as though they were the 1976 European Champions, Czechoslovakia. The dangerous Paraguay went through after their expected bore draw. In Group E Japan went epic as expected and scored two wonderful free kicks with Honda outstanding. Holland move smoothly through the gears and look good for the semis at the moment, as do Japan. Abavuki are a Cape Town musical collective and just released a terrific album called Africa Got Soul.  With South Africa out we will have to keep their music going. I prefer Shame, Shame, Shame, but for all the babies left at home by the footballers this is Papa Was Rolling Stone; Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 20

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2010 by fred6368

Second Games June 20

Review of Matches June 19; Having something depending on the second round games provided us with some real excitement. Cameroon learnt how to fire, scored and went out as Denmark’s Rommedahl appeared to be the first player who has worked out that you power the ball at 75% of normal. As Craig Johnston said on the BBC, the ball is ruining this World Cup. FIFA’s Jewel and they are tarnishing it, unlike Holland’s Schneijder who used the old-fashioned tactic of giving the ball some welly and relying on the Japanese goalie to be beaten by the flight; it’s just like cricket. Japan knew they were virtually through with a draw and played a tournament strategy. Holland just played the game and won. Ghana and Australia, playing with intelligence after losing Kewell, shared a thrilling draw which actually served Ghana, and Germany, well. Australia produced the first effective free kick but then, like Nigeria, had a man sent off when in control. As Holland qualified todays Theme Tune, featuring some yodelling-flute wrong rock from the Dutch band Focus, is Hocus Pocus; picked by Nike for their World Cup advert. This is a live version from a Japanese TV run of Gladys Knight’s US show. As Michael J Fox predicted in Back To The Future the 1973 audience just love the flashy virtuosity. Focus Hocus Pocus; Continue reading

World Cup of Music G

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2010 by fred6368

Music of Countries in Group G

Review of Matches Monday June 14

So two of the traditional favourites, Italy and Holland, played yesterday and both had tricky matches. Holland were up against a well-organised and hard-working Danish side but, after a helpful own goal, showed some class with Sneijder playing the best pass of the tournament so far to put through Elia; Kuyt following up to score and Elia showing that the Dutch have no need to rush Robben back. Like Germany, Holland looked a good side, but with more room for improvement. Being well-organised and hard-working Japan forced a win off Cameroon, for whom Paul Le Guen revealed himself as a Daft Coach just like Domenech, by playing his one world-class striker Eto’o as a winger. Le Guen has Cameroon well-disciplined and following the kind of instructions that will get them eliminated. Japan attacked without the directness of South Korea but were better organised with Nakazawa immense in defence. I expected Italy v Paraguay to be a draw as Paraguay had beaten Argentina and Brasil in qualifying and Italy aren’t as strong as 2006. Despite keeping their best strikers on the bench Paraguay well organised 4-4-2 proved hard to break-down until yet another goal-keeping error gifted them an equalizer, after which they looked good. At the moment the Jabulani ball looks like a missile designed by a scientist with no understanding of the tactile nature of football; too round, too bouncy and too much like a projectile. Goalies cant judge the bounce and free-kicks go into Row Z.

Group F; New Zealand v Slovakia June 15

New Zealand; have a mixed musical tradition that is both modern and Maori, its geographic isolation. I’ve been aware of it since the Easybeats in the 60s when the Beatles-driven British Invasion kicked in and prompted the development of a popular music industry in New Zealand. There is the typically broad range of music covering traditional, classical and popular styles available you expect from modern economies and is well covered by the Centre for New Zealand Music SOUNZ. Creatively driven by New Zealander Neil Finn, who with his brother Tim was awarded the OBE for services to New Zealand music, the classic Antipodean group Crowded House are globally successful. New single Saturday Sun is happy enough to see their fans through the heartache of this World Cup experience; Saturday Sun Continue reading