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“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” is a song by colombian singer Shakira, featuring South African band Freshlyground. It was the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, along with its Spanish language version, titled “Waka Waka (Esto es África)”. Released on May 11 for digital download, the song received generally positive critical reception, and became a worldwide hit.

It was later included on Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album, released on May 31. “Waka Waka” was performed by Shakira and Freshlyground at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off concert in Soweto on June 10, 2010 and at the final on July 11, 2010.

“Waka Waka” is based upon a traditional African soldiers’ song named Zangalewa, a 1986 makossa hit for Cameroonian group Golden Sounds. Shakira borrowed the song’s chorus without the permission of the band, and after legal intervention by the band, an undisclosed deal was struck with Sony Music.

The song was officially chosen as the anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. About this, Shakira said, “I am honored that ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’ was chosen to be part of the excitement and the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.”

“Waka Waka” was written by Shakira and John Hill and co-produced by John Hill. The track, which samples the chorus of the 1986 Cameroonian hit song “Zangaléwa”, by Cameroonian band Golden Sounds, features Afro-Colombian instrumentation, Soca beat and South African guitars. The song consists of rhythmical African sounds, and represents the vitality and energy of the host continent.


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