Is the vuvuzela about to be banned? One can only hope so. The ubiquitous plastic horns have been the soundtrack to this World Cup, drowning out every other attempt at singing, chanting and music.
Nigeria has a fantastic brass band. The only reason I know they were at Ellis Park on Saturday was because I saw them with my own eyes. Couldn’t hear them, though. The English have a brass band too. While their insistence on endlessly playing the Great Escape and our terrible national anthem doesn’t normally win them too many friends, it would have been nice to occasionally be able to hear them in Rustenburg.
The World Cup should be a celebration of difference. A time when we get a glimpse of countries and cultures we know little about. And if Bafana fans stop blowing their vuvuzelas perhaps they’ll be able to give us a few renditions of the incredibly moving ‘Shosholoza’ instead.