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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

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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