Book Review – The Vuvuzela Revolution

Anatomy of South Africa’s World Cup by Richard Culland, Lawson Naidoo and Andrew Whaley (Jacana) ISBN 978-1-77009-971-5

South Africa embraced its role as host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Although there were many challenges, the “gees” prevailed and the depth of the citizens’ patriotism doubled from the opening ceremony on 11 June 2010.

Over a year of planning on how to get tickets to the most interesting games at the best price brought the authors together. From there, they decided to create a memoir about this uplifting event, including journalistic commentary from other sources to explain the different aspects of this period in South Africa’s history.

Written in an informal and readable style, this is an interesting read. For instance, one learns that “Waka Waka” actually ripped out the essence of the original Cameroonian 1986 song by Golden Sounds – “Zamina Mina” which is still used by the police and army during training.

This is a great memento to keep of that time, and as they say, “Ke Nako” – it’s our time to celebrate Africa’s Humanity. If you’re not sentimental, give it a miss.

Amanda Blankfield
Posted on: 6th November 2011