The World Cup is more than just a soccer tournament; it’s a celebration of the world’s different customs, cultures, and ethnicities. But with every big event, the 2010 World Cup South Africa needs an anthem.

There are three songs vying to become the definitive showcase for the opening ceremony in Johannesburg on June 11th.

FIFA initially chose Colombian pop star Shakira to sing a remixed version of a Cameroonian classic “Waka Waka – Time for Africa.” But the diva has been criticized throughout the blogosphere and even South Africa as locals don’t think Shakira is the right person to represent their continent.

"Really, I mean, how is Shakira going to sing the African part of it?" said Nomaswazi Thomo, a fan from Johannesburg told the Detroit Free Press.

Another option is the duet by Senegalese-American R&B star Akon and Keri Hilson. The “Oh Africa” anthem has been promoted heavily by Pepsi Cola and features traditional African beats and rhythms, but has yet to gain any significant traction either on the internet or the airwaves.

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K’naan a Somali born composer, poet, rapper, and musician also has his own say in the World Cup mix. He remixed one his original songs, “Wavin Flag,” for a promotional World Cup tour with Coca Cola. The song has become somewhat of an underground sensation cultivating its own remixes in Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.

The song has an infectious hook and beat, so be warned before you hit play.
 

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