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March 02, 2010



There's another tune using this melody:
Dj Steady Vs Dj Idriss - Chicas:

dave quam

Great work, detective

Marco Romano

Great song. Some 80's makossa from Cameroon is worth seeking out. Moni Bile, Ben Decca, Charlotte Mbango, Petit Pays and many others.


Great post! THIS is why I visit this blog regularly and love this station. All the "Top 10 shows I went to" posts around New Year's were cramming the good posts like this right out, which was a month-long bummer. Thanks for the effort in infotainment!


You have this one too :
A coupé decalé track with hilarious lyrics,if you understand french

Dj Alfred Hitchcock magazine




This video it's from an old town close by to Cartagena calles Palenque where slaves escaped (I'ts a town in need as you will see). I couldn't find the video I was looking for, but you could see how this guys move...



Wats the meaning of waka waka?

Fermin Beltran

Great Post!
It is one of those tunes that just grabs you forever.
I can understand why you just HAD to find out more about it. I bet you were as surprised as me to hear the World Cup Song by Shakira. When I heard it I knew I recognized it and it took me a bit of searching the net to finally find the source (at least in my case)
I first came to know the song through 'Las Chicas del Can' version probably in the late 80's early 90's. They are a great 'girl band' from the Dominican Republic that were put together by a legend of Merengue, Wilfrido Vargas. I remember it played in every party & dance club back then. It's a great song and I am glad to see African music is getting played worldwide. Check out a post on our website on the subject & our take on the songs origins.

By the way, I love the video of the kid doing the Liberian whop!

Rob W

Thanks for all this. I've long been intrigued by the interest in African pop music in Colombia - you certainly see in Colombian champeta which draws directly from Congolese and also Congolese-style Nigerian music (particularly the late great Prince Nico Mbarga). And also the Dominican Republic's flirtation with Francophone African music, which is unusual for a Hispanophone Caribbean country. But it does make sense since the DR shares an island with Haiti. In fact Dominican artists like Wilfrido Vargas and Juan Luis Guerra have also covered Haitian compas (see I was bummed (if not surprised) to see Shakira get the World Cup song rather than a South African artist. (And the South African group that collaborates on the track, Freshly Ground, while very well-meaning multicultural folks, are musically absolutely insipid.) Why not a popular South African group that dates back to the apartheid years like the Soul Brothers? Or a significant kwaito artist like Mdu (or someone more current)? Ah well.And if you can bear one more World Cup music gripe: I also was also pretty dismayed by the selection of artists selected for the kickoff concert at Orlando Stadium (lineup at Shakira of course - but also many South African and other African artists. Certainly some admirable artists like Tinariwen and Amadou and Mariam were included. But they were all artists on the North American touring circuit, having nothing to do with their significance in South Africa. The reason for this curious booking I guess is that the event was orchestrated by the company run by the American businessman Kevin Wall, a main instigator of Live 8. Again, well-meaning, but really pretty lame. Kind of like having a Chinese businessman come here to book a salsa festival. And really a missed opportunity, because there are so many angles to music in South Africa that the rest of the world knows very little about - why not use the opportunity to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for international exposure for some of those artists and musical styles? Again, ah well...But I do have one happy World Cup music thought: The perpetual vuvuzelas droning in the background make every World Cup broadcast sound like a Lamonte Young Theatre of Eternal Music Performance!


It's always artists and travel professionals that help to break down borders and promote the free flow of CREATIVE ARTS, people and culture. Thank God for small mercies!


Great work finding out this information, I wonder if all the correct people are getting the necessary royalties for the song!

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