Archive for April 2010

50 Days to Go

Wednesday, 21. April 2010

and some of my customers are celebrating. And actually the bank was reserving the parking place next to their headquarters for this.

Educating the Diski Dance is one of the activities.

Diski comprises a series of soccer moves. In Diski, every move has a name and there are different names from different parts of the country. Some are in Tswana, others Zulu, Sotho and even English. So the following sequence can be varied pretty much.

Usually it starts with the Juggle “Teka” in township lingo. (Juggle the imaginary soccer ball from your left foot to your right foot and back again.)
The HEADER – simply bounce the imaginary ball on your head.
The TABLE MOUNTAIN – position yourself bent over with your back flat like a table. The ball needs to be kept behind your back.
The TREPA – after holding the ball from behind your neck, flick it over your head and hold it on your foot. Now kick the ball twice with your right foot.
THE BRIDGE“Brija” in local speak. Pass the ball over with your right foot over your left foot and back again four times. Now end the dance with kicking the ball into the back of the net.


Let me know if you want to learn, and I will post some lessons.

Blowing the Vuvuzela

Tuesday, 20. April 2010

Over the weekend  I had some time to practice Рit is not as difficult as expected. So with some dedication you can learn it between arriving here and the first game you watch.

For practicing put your lips inside the mouthpiece and almost make a ‘farting’ sound. You have to relax your cheeks and let your lips vibrate inside the mouthpiece. As soon as you get that trumpeting sound, blow harder until you reach a full blast.

You get the Vuvuzelas almost everywhere these days, from about ZAR 30.–. Prices vary pretty much depending on the finish. There are the simple unicolor examples, and those printed with national colors of a participating nation; others display national colors through a textile cover coat, while the most laborious coats are made of hundreds if not thousands very small beads.

You may want to buy one from the hawkers on almost every corner. Since they will suffer from FIFA’s “district Nein” (I will cover this theme next weekend latest) you may want to help them make their living.

55 Days to Go

Saturday, 17. April 2010

It is now fifty five days to the opening of the 2010 soccer world cup in South Africa. And despite all the doom and gloom all the stadiums are ready. So for all those intending to come to watch the games it might be the right time getting some insight in some South Africa soccer specifics. (And for those watching via TV in good old Europe maybe even more, since I don’t know to what extend the specifics will be transferred, or whether an aseptic FIFA event will be broadcasted.)

Let’s start with Bafana Bafana – the nickname of the South African team, which means “The Boys”

Vuvuzela – a plastic, a metre long, brightly coloured and sounds like an elephant – it is the noise-making trumpet of South African football fans, and it’s come to symbolise the sport in the country. FIFA was about to ban the Vuvuzela, luckily they didn’t – otherwise the games would not have been games in South Africa. Of course even if only a third of the 95000 capacity of Soccer City would blow the Vuvuzela, it wouldn’t be chamber music. San Siro in Milan has been famous for it’s sound especially at derbies and key games – I only heard it from outside the stadium and rather far away -, so will be 2010 games for the Vuvuzela sound. A single Vuvuzela sounds like an elephant, but en masse the sound is more like a massive swarm of very angry bees. (As soon as I have practiced that I can elicit a tone, I’ll give some advice – stay tuned)

The Makarapa – the modified, decorated miners’ helmet unique to South African soccer fans. A South African soccer fan will spend hours adorning his Makarapa with the logo and colors of his team, images of a favorite player, and words describing the imminent downfall of the opposition. With 2010 a small industry has been initiated in the communities producing Makarapas in the colors of the participating nations, each a unique piece of sculptured artwork.

Diski” is township slang for football.¬† South Africa was not Africa if the rhythm of African football would not have been adopted to express energy and passion of 2010. So Diski Dance got invented. This jive translates the sport’s moves into dance. Move over Makarena and moon walk, and create a new trend at your favorite dance floor. (Stay tuned for details on that jive)