Is that a football?

The World Cup has not only driven the football loving world wild (although the footballers don’t seem to have lived up to the hype yet on the pitch), but it seems music lovers have now got a little bit of South African (or is it South American) sun in their hearts after watching the opening ceremony.

Columbian pop sensation Shakira belted out Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) at the opening ceremony, and the publicity doesn’t seem to have done her any harm at all.

The video has fast become one of the most viewed clips on Youtube with over 15 million hits averaging around two million clicks a day since it arrived in cyber-space, now that’s good clicking people.

In addition, the song has gone to number one in no less than 15 countries around the world including in South Africa and has held the top spot in the prestigious pop market of Mexico for five weeks!

The four minute musical film, which is a classic World Cup cash in (in fairness it is also on a charity album) features lots of famous footballers including David Beckham (who’s not playing) and a host of multi-cultural dancers who together make us all feel a little bit closer to our cousins, brothers and sisters across the globe.

The good news for Shakira is she gets to perform the track again at the closing ceremony in July, so who knows where she’ll get a number one next … Albania, Pitcairn Island … the Moon? Only time will tell.Before that though, UK music fans will get a chance to see Shakira strut her stuff at Glastonbury Festival at the end of June.

But for now though, sit back, relax and enjoy the video (if you haven’t already seen it, which you probably have) and see what all the fuss is about:


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