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July 03, 2010

Freshlyground make the Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest™ go “Waka Waka”

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Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground. Photo by Deon Gurling

Freshlyground, the Southern African musical collaboration that has caught the attention of the world during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, thrilled some 17 000 fans at the FIFA Fan Fest™ this evening.

Freshlyground have been making world-class music for many years now, recording songs such as Doo Bee Doo and I’d Like, but it is Waka Waka, their official World Cup collaboration with Shakira, that has elevated them to global stardom.

Comprising musicians from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the group has a very African style, and the beautiful voice of Zolani Mahola has given the group a distinct sound. Their live performance at the FIFA Fan Fest™ was genuine and energetic, a pleasure to witness.

Some of the group members popped into City Hall briefly before their show. They said they are thoroughly enjoying touring with Shakira and getting to see many parts of the world while they perform.

Kyla Rose Smith told Cape Town Tourism that what she enjoys most about Cape Town is “the proximity of nature to the city.” The bubbly violinist said she enjoys spending time outdoors here. “I love hiking up Lion’s Head and walking along the beaches,” she said.

Drummer Peter Cohen said he enjoys Cape Town because of all the adventure activities such as kite-surfing. “I also enjoy all the nice prices here, especially when you compare them to Europe,” he said.

Simon Attwell, who plays the flute and other instruments, said Freshlyground were very proud to have been so involved in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and were thrilled at the opportunity to perform in front of such a big crowd in Cape Town.

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