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World Cup Fever and Ayobaness

I’ve got it! I was never really sure what my involvement with the WC was going to be and, poof, just like that I’m in it. Almost up to the neck, but very, very exciting. Looks like I am going to be involved with the Fan Park on the Grand Parade, for the duration. And I am pretty delighted, I can tell you. From what it sounds like and what the ideas are, the Cape Town Fan Park is going to be a really cool place for locals, and other people, to world cupify. There is going to be live local entertainment with emerging talent (organised by PANSA), SA’s hottest and favourite bands, artists, djs, and emcees, huge screens to watch the games, and all sorts of eating, drinking, chilling and jolling to be had, without actually having to go to any of the games. This is really good for me, since I am not a huge lover of football, but I can understand having a good time getting patriotic.

The fact that Cape Town can have the Fan Park on the Grand Parade feels really significant. It is a very special place, geographically, historically and culturally. But for me, it’s the view. I have stood on the Parade, looking at the mountain, with an orange, pink and purple winter sunset and a full tablecloth seeming to make its way behind the brown City Hall. Ok, I might have been buffeted by the South Easter, and splattered by a few drops of winter rain; but still. It is spectacular. And it is the most stunning backdrop for a 33 day party.


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    OK, now that you have written another thing about the World Cup Soccer 2010, please ally your might to this cause, starting with the World Cup.
    SABC TV, for once doing something right, is using a stupendous version of our magnificaent National Anthem between programmes – it is illustrated with pictures of South Africa – from signs to seascapes – and the anthem is beautifully sung by a group of singers whose voices give it the body and the feel it deserves.
    I am sick and tired of hearing our anthem butchered on the sports fields of the world [by spaced out Rastas and others] and it is time we said “enough”. Our anthem must be sung properly and if that means we record a definitive version [like SABC’s one] and ship it round the world to be played on decent PAs at sports fields, so be it. No more single tinny voices singing out of tune and with no feeling.
    And by the way we should also, in South Africa, show respect to visitiors by making sure that their enthems are treated and rendered properly as well.
    Let’s start with this World Cup – they keep telling us we are in the spotlight – and make sure that all the anthems are given proper treatment and especially our beautiful Nkosi.
    Beware SAPOE [Sing Anthems Properly or Else] is on the prowl – we are watching you, and listening to you. Just do it.

  2. megan

    I have just listened to our anthem being mangled by a bunch of horns and, would you believe it, kettle drums, to open the ICC 20/20 game. I. Kid. You. Not.

  3. megan

    and, Mr Cooper, don’t you mean SAPOES? (Sing anthems properly or else suffer (or whatever))


    Alternatively JYSAPOES [JY Sing anthems properly or else suffer] ??? or is that too rude ??

  5. megan

    nothing’s too rude for Cooperandmeganshead


    Thought the T20 version was a bit better than the Rasta but ja, not the greatest. At least they didn’t try and sing it with a Jamacian accent or something.

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