Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka…’ to be official FIFA World Cup 2010 song

'Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)' to be performed in South Africa

Shakira‘s song ‘Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)’ has been chosen as the official song of the FIFA World Cup 2010 tournament.

The singer is set to head to Johannesburg in South Africa, where the tournament will take place, to perform the song at the opening ceremony on June 10.

She will also sing it on the closing ceremony after the July 11 final, reports MTV News.


The song will appear on ‘Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album’, released on May 31, with proceeds going to various African charities.

“I am honored that ‘Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)’ was chosen to be part of the excitement and the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” Shakira said. “The FIFA World Cup is a miracle of global excitement, connecting every country, race, religion and condition around a single passion.”

She added: “It represents an event that has the power to unite and integrate, and that’s what this song is about.”

Listen to ‘Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)’ by clicking on the video below.