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World Cup of Music June 30

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by fred6368

Best World Cup of Music Videos (Losing Teams)

Review of Matches June 29th; The refereeing continues to be of the highest order, particularly at ignoring the pathetic histrionics of many players, only Capdevilla of Spain, twice, getting away with it. Nonetheless Spain deserved to win once Portugal’s Queiroz made a fatal substitution. Whilst Spain’s Cruyff-inspired patience is admirable they will go out to a mistake by Casillas for whom, like Shilton and Seaman, this is one tournament too far. Paraguayans, with consummate arrogance, rolled penalties past Japan as if born to penalty shoot-outs. Japan didnt spark off like before and, despite having the Jabulani ball early, missed a penalty. So let’s hear it all around the world for the best of Theme Tune so far. It must be the joyful dancing in the streets of Congotronics with Konono Number 1, Fula Fula;   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 27

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2010 by fred6368

Second Round Matches June 27

Review of Matches June 26. Just two, but they were knockout matches, and in different ways both were thrilling. Uruguay, as I expected, prevailed against Korea due to two goals from Suarez. Great ; I can play some more Uruguyan music! Whilst Forlan has been the focal point of Uruguayan attacks Suarez is a very hard-working and shoots on sight. They combined for the first and after Korea equalised Suarez finished them off with a fabulously curled shot as though he wasn’t playing with a bouncy projectile. Footballers craft is starting to overcome the Jabulani, but it still flies too high, bounces too much, dips as you head it and… Poor Korean have to go home to their K-Pop. Should have tried harder lads, dont forget the iPods. USA Ghana was a real thriller. USA have been the comebacks specialists and Ghana gave them two chances to prove it and they took one. In the end Altidore, who really plays like England fans think Heskey plays, didnt have the forward craft of Suarez, let alone the finish. Two great African goals by Prince and Gyan has set a real African Challenge to get to the semi-final for the first time. Toumani Diabete’s jammin Symmetric Orchestra play a brilliant musical Africa Challenge;   Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 18

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2010 by fred6368

Second Games June 18

Review of matches June 17; More matches mattered so more excitement, ranging from the quality of Argentina’s football to the entirely predictable lack of intelligence from Domenech’s France who, as we predicted, are effectively out now. Mexico, like Chile, are quick and exciting, outplaying and out thinking France, and should qualify with Uruguay. Anyone notice how many Man City & Man Utd players have scored? A completely pointless red card decided Nigeria’s fate when they were leading, and Greece, but perhaps not coach Rehagel, discovered that if you attacked the other side they make mistakes. Korea were overwhelmed by Messi but did score, so must have hopes of qualifying; their final match with Greece could be a cracker. Todays Theme Tune is Tebe by Kottarashky from Bulgaria as we have have two Slavic teams playing today. The YouTube playlist of all these songs is on fredg136; Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 17

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2010 by fred6368

Second Games June 17

Review of Matches June 16; Some real shocks at last with Spain, so good that they can leave Fabregas on the bench, losing 1-0 to Hitzfeld’s incredibly well-organised Switzerland, recently defeated by Luxembourg. Iker Casillas looks shot as a goalie to me, much re-organisation needed by the yet-to-be anointed Iberians. Switzerland didn’t tire but South Africa did, ripped apart by Europa League star goal-scorer Forlan. Chile were a well-organised constant threat and even Honduras don’t look easy. Spain might need a hatful against them. The ball however is pants, or lederhosen as it is made by Adidas. Seemingly built by NASA it is kept at the same pressure at sea-level and altitude. Todays Theme Tune is the outrageously catchy and bewitchingly daft Konono No 1 by Congotronics; Continue reading

World Cup of Music A-D

Posted in Specials, World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2010 by fred6368

Groups A-D

World Cup of Music is a series of blog posts following the World Cup in South Africa through the music of each country. I’m not an expert on the music of the 32 countries, but I am interested in it. I will provide links to the wikpedia page for each national football team which are constantly updated. I will respond to each country’s music in the way that it interests me; historic, Pop or World. I intend to “play” each match by getting you to vote on the videos selected which will change for each “match.” There is a very good overview of South African Music by Neil Spencer with a link to related online musical resources at Spotify. I wanted to use one of the Township whistlers tunes as a theme tune for these posts but The Solven Whistlers aren’t on YouTube and Tom Hark is poorly served. So straight into Group A.

Group A; features South Africa, Mexico, France and Uruguay; perm any two from four. This is tough for South Africa but French manager Domench is in a private battle with Maradona on who can do worst with the best resources. South Africa are at home and did well in the Confederation Cup last year, Uruguay are one of my dark horses as Diego Forlan scores great goals in the World Cup and won the Europa Cup for Atletico Madrid, and Mexico usually get out of the group they are in, so a very evenly poised group. Can France leave out Nasri and ace forward Benzema and still survive? I doubt it! So June 22nd at 3pm will be shootout time. Interesting? Very interesting!

South Africa v Mexico; June 11th.

South Africa has a great musical history. Even before Paul Simon highlighted some of the township jive musicians on Graceland, Johnny Clegg had toured Europe and Hugh Masakela was well-known in the USA and UK. The Indestructible Beat of Soweto highlighted more  grassroots music in the 80s, and some of the current music is covered on Ayobaness; South African House. So here is DJ Mujava from Pretoria with the ‘Township Funk’ of Mugwanti;  Continue reading