The dust of Africa will always be on your feet once you have walked in the ancient land. ItÂ’s wild wonderful and ruthless but you will never forget it!
A vuvuzela, sometimes called a "lepatata" (its Setswana name) or a stadium horn, is a blowing horn, approximately one metre in length, commonly blown by fans at football matches in South Africa. It is also used in other countries such as Mexico, Brazil, or Israel. The origin of the name is disputed. It may originate from the Zulu for "making noise," from the "vuvu" sound it makes, or from township slang related to the word for "shower."
Originally made out of tin, the vuvuzela became popular in South Africa in the 1990s. They require some lip and lung strength to blow and emit a monotonous noise like a deep foghorn or an elephant.
Vuvuzelas have been controversial and have sometimes been banned from stadiums. Critics point out that the instrument is blown haphazardly and noisily, which can be distracting to players and coaches who are trying to pay attention to the game.
Vuvuzelas have been said to be rooted in African history, but this is disputed. People would blow on a kudu horn to call villagers to a meeting. Adding to the appeal is African folklore that "A baboon is killed by a lot of noise." During the last quarter of a match, supporters blow vuvuzelas frantically in an attempt to "kill off" their opponents. Listen to the sound that may just tax YOUR ears!
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What is Diski?
Forget the macarena. Forget the moon walk. South Africa's own diski dance is set to get the world jiving to an African rhythm when the football World Cup In South Africa, they have a totally different way of playing soccer. It can be rhythmic, sometimes bordering being showy, but certainly never boring. Every move has a unique name, what is more, there is a different name for the same move, in different parts of the country. This is not surprising because South Africa has adopted 11 official languages – including sign! So some are Tswana, others Sotho and Zulu, and finally even English. Names include Chester and Tsamaya.
People are starting to learn the soccer-based moves of South Africa's diski dance and feeling the rhythm of African football - and the energy and passion that's in store for the world at the 2010 World Cup. South Africa's own diski dance is set to get the world jiving to an African rhythm when the football World Cup arrives on the continent for the first time. Click here to see the DISKI being done, and learn about.
From a hard hat to one of South African football's most enduring icons, the history of the makarapa is as colourful as its inventor and the team colours they are decorated with and, along with the Vuvuzela, has come to epitomise the vibrant spirit of South African football.
The Makarapa as now known was originally made in 1979, for a match where two local teams were playing. As anyone who has attended a football match and has sat in the cheap seats will know, this is no casual business - in fact, it can be downright dangerous, as missiles are hurled from the upper seats. A man who worked on a construction site, wore a hard hat to protect himself during the match. The man, an artistic type from childhood, felt his hard hat could do with some colour – so, once at home, he set about transforming it into a celebration of his team colours and logo. It didn't take very long for his creations to be noticed: wearing his makarapa to matches, fans would offer to buy the makarapa right off his head. As time passed, the man recognised that his artistic inspiration was hot property, and that he could give up his job at that time - washing buses - and make a living from his passion. He established a small workshop in his shack, and supplied a steady stream of customers with his unique creations.
From its humble beginnings with the original team colours of black and yellow, his magic touch has expanded to include a wide range of sports memorabilia, from makarapas to vuvuzelas that are decorated and embellished with eyes and mouths, oversize sunglasses. From a necessity to a celebrated South African collector's item, the man’s creations are now known the world over. http://www.makarapa.co.za/index.cfm?page=6
There is an old African saying that goes: "The wise eagle that wants to see tomorrow's brightest day must be brave enough to shake the great reptile of the Past awake", and the saying means that if people wish to create a bright future they must look closely and clearly at their past.
From Bobotie to Biryani
Some two centuries after the first Malay slaves landed in the Cape, a boatload of indentured labourers arrived in Durban to work in the sugar cane fields. Others followed - both Hindu and Muslim, from all over India - and when their ten-year contracts were over, they stayed.
Clearly there was a market here; merchants arrived from Gujerat and the north to service it and, like the labourers, they stayed.
Indian cookery grew so popular over the decades that followed that Zulus in Natal adopted curries as their own, although they left out the ginger. The classic Indian Delights cookery book, first published by the Women's Cultural Group in 1961 and since reprinted many times, claims curry and rice is a national dish, and few would disagree. The variety of curries, atjars, samoosas, biryanis are a delight to the South African palate, and the popularity of tandoori restaurants in the last 20 years has enhanced a popular cuisine.
My African Dream - The enchanting and seductive tones of Africa that will enchant and bewitch your soul........
CLICK HERE for A short sound clip of "My African Dream"
The Lyrics.......made famous by Vicki Sampson
“Sometimes alone in the evening - I look outside my window - Shadows in the night - I hear the sound of distant crying - The darkness multiplying - The weary hearts denied - All I feel is my heart beat - Beating like a drum - Beating with confusion - All I hear are the voices - Telling me to go - But I can never run.........Chorus: 'Cos in my African Dream - There's a new tomorrow - My African dream - Is a dream that we can follow”
The dust of Africa will always be on your feet once you have walked in the ancient land. It’s wild wonderful and ruthless but you will never forget it!