Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)

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"Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", called "Waka Waka (Esto es África)" in Spanish, is a song by Colombian singer Shakira, featuring the South African band Freshlyground. It was released on 7 May 2010 by Epic Records as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was held in South Africa. It was written, composed, and produced by Shakira and John Hill, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" is a pop song.

It received positive reviews from critics, however, it was controversial after many South Africans expressed disappointment in FIFA's decision to select Shakira to sing the song, arguing that a native artist should performed it.

"Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" peaked at number one on record charts of fifteen countries worldwide. It was the biggest song of 2010 in seven countries, is the seventh bestselling song of all-time in Switzerland, and the tenth in Belgium and France. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" has sold 15 million downloads worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.[1]

Lyrics[change | change source]

Samina mina, aye aye
Waka waka, aye aye
Samina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Courtney E. Smith. "Shakira Shakira Has The Biggest World Cup Song Of Them All. Here's How She Did It". Refinery29. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  2. Parales, Jon (14 October 2010). "Shakira Conquers New Arenas". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. Mackey, Robert (24 March 2010). "Shakira Remixes African Hit for World Cup". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2014.