Monday, June 14, 2010

Racial Sensitivity Watch: World Cup Edition

Thanks to the indefatigable Laura Martinez, we learn that the Official Theme Song of the 2010 World Cup, Shakira's Waka Waka (This Is Africa), apparently started life as a tune by the Latina girl-group Las Chicas del Can called "Waka Waka, El Negro No Puede," which basically means "the black guy can't get it up" (we don't know what "waka waka" means).



So there you have it: the the theme song for the first African World Cup Latin-tinged ditty about black male impotence. No wonder Mandela skipped the opening.

5 comments:

Rick said...

I am sorry but Shakira can do no wrong. She is a goddess.

I saw the performance at the opening ceremonies and there were no complaints!

Anonymous said...

Wow! The OTI festival was super important. It was seen in all Spanish speaking country. I don't know if this is the local version of some country, or is the main international event. But yes, it's a typical Latin American racist song that Latin Blacks are used to and really don't care. Another one, the super hit El Negro Jose. It should be on Youtube.

Jorge Arturo said...

It is the dumbest song Shakira ever sang. A World Cup should have more power and Waka Waka is not. And the fact that is actually a cover of a REALLY BAD 80's song

Anonymous said...

Bullfighter refuses to kill bull. Nice guy...and he's arrested.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/06/15/2010-06-15_bullfighter_christian_hernandez_runs_out_of_ring_in_mexico_arrested_for_breach_o.html

JustaCanuck said...

Well, that OTI song is as well, a cover of the 1982 song Zangalewa, a Cameroonian semi-military anthem. Check it out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibqtKBpSQ3s