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At World Cup, vuvuzela may give South African music a bad name

A South African musicologist fears the vuvuzela, which produces a loud droning noise on television, will give his country’s music a bad name.


The World Cup

Africa’s first-ever World Cup starts this week in South Africa. But can the games rejuvenate the Rainbow Nation’s economy and spirit?


K’naan: From Mogadishu to the global stage

World attention will be on Africa this week as the World Cup begins. Need to Know sat down with Somali rapper K’Naan, whose song “Wavin’ Flag” was chosen as the theme of the this year’s tournament.


K’naan live: ‘Take a Minute’

K’naan told Need to Know that the song “Take a Minute” is one of those songs that people always react to when he performs live.


K’naan music video: ‘Soobax’

This is the music video for K’naan’s first single, “Soobax.” It was written about living in Somalia at the mercy of violent rival warlords, and was an anthem to lift the spirits of his fellow Somalis.

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