July 11, 2010
2010 World Cup™ closing ceremony with a touch of Madiba magic
The closing ceremony of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ opened with a song that has been the anthem of this World Cup, Waka Waka, it’s time for Africa, by Colombian superstar Shakira and South African band Freshlyground, which set the tone for an electric show.
Colours, lights, flags and sound were the order of the day.
South African musicians including Stoan, Zuluboy, Jozi, Slikour, Teargas, Theo Kgosinkwe, Abigail Kubeka and Zulu scathamiya group and Grammy Award-winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, bid the world farewell in the only manner Africans know how, with song, dance and a touch of story-telling.
From 1960s-style Sophiatown jive to hip hop and kwaito, from the gumboot dance to the bujwa dance, which originated in Soweto, South African singers and dancers set Soccer City alight for the world.
Giant, colourful projections of the world’s flags were also a highlight, as were the life-size elephant puppets that made their way around a virtual waterhole, casting beautiful long shadows behind them.
And when former South African President Nelson Mandela came onto the pitch after the ceremony, the estimated 500-million people watching on TV must have known in their hearts that Africa’s time had come!
Soccer City was a hive of activity as people prepared for the ceremony. Photo courtesy Uyanda Mbuli
Freshlyground arriving at Soccer City to perform the famous Waka Waka song with Shakira. Photo courtesy FRESHLYGROUNDsa
The flags of the world during the closing ceremony at Soccer City in Johannesburg. Photo courtesy Aki Anastasiou
Madiba made a surprise appearance, making the night even more magical. Photo courtesy Aki Anastasiou