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Shakira and Freshlyground To Perform at FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremonies

07/07/2010
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Shakira and Freshlyground will be performing "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)," the Official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, during the closing ceremonies.

The performance will take place on the field at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on July 11 at 6:42 local time to precede the final match of the cup and will be available to all FIFA network partners.

Sony Music announced today that Shakira featuring Freshlyground's Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), the Official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has reached one million singles sold since it became available May 11. In the history of the World Cup. "Waka Waka" is the fastest-selling single and the biggest-selling World Cup single of the digital age. All proceeds from the song will benefit FIFA's Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup "20 Centers for 2010."

The song was written and co-produced by global superstar Shakira. The song is as international as the games themselves. It is inspired by an African marching chant, "Zangalewa" made popular by the Cameroonian group Golden Voices and combines Afro-Colombian instrumentation and rhythms with a rousing Soca beat and Southern African choir and guitar. It is also included on "Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album" released by Sony Music Entertainment.


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