OPENING DAY musical concert of World Cup 2010 is going to be the most watched concert of the world, and the person who is going to do song samba is Shakira. The FIFA World Cup opening ceremony is going to be musical double feature this week.
Top stars including Shakira will perform on Thursday and a secret performance just ahead of match on Friday. The concert will be broadcast live from the heart of the Johannesburg Soweto Township’s 40,000 capacity Orlando Stadium at 1800 GMT.
Soccers fans from across the world have already booked their tickets to watch Shakira in opening concert of FIFA World Cup 2010 singing official song “Waka Waka” with South African pop group Freshlyground.
Among others who are going to rock Johannesburg are Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and John Legend. Top African musicians including Angelique Kdjo from Benin, The Parlotones from South Africa and Amadou and Mariam, the blind musical duo from Mali.
But there is a surprise element from FIFA for the world just before the opening match between host South Africa and Mexico.
Lebo M, the Soweo-born musician behind Broadway’s “The Lion King,” is the producer of 25-minute performance at Soccer City Stadium. Nelsen Mandela has picked a song “Hope” to play at opening by rocker Russ Ballard and Chris Winter.
But Mandela’s pick South African opera tenor 34-year-old Siphiwo Ntshebe, die dsuddenly last month of meningitis. Lebo M is not yet clarified who will replace Siphiwo, in the singing event on Friday before 95,000 spectators.
As this kind of Global event brings huge publicity, several small musical groups raised voice regarding the non representation of Local artists in the opening event. They called for boycott of the event from the people, and people’s response to their boycott call is not gaining momentum.
Stampede during the warm up match raises serious doubts regarding the preparedness, crowd management and security. If any thing of this kind happens during the main event, this will be shameful for Africa and football community at large. Hope the South African government will fully utlize this global oppurtunity to boost its image and avoid this kid of minor mistakes.