Thursday, June 18, 2009

What to Do About the Vuvuzela (and some Vuvuzela Love)


According to Reuters, FIFA is to discuss the future of the vuvuzela, the noisy plastic trumpet blown at the Confederations Cup which has drawn complaints from European television stations. and bloggers like myself.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter told a media briefing he was aware of complaints the sound of the instrument was drowning out the commentary of broadcasters and that many wanted it banned at this tournament and next summer's World Cup in South Africa.

Blatter said soccer's governing body would discuss the matter with the organizers.

"It's a local sound and I don't know how it is possible to stop it," he said on Wednesday. "I always said that when we go to South Africa, it is Africa. It's not western Europe.

"It's noisy, it's energy, rhythm, music, dance, drums. This is Africa. We have to adapt a little."

Vuvuzelas, which have been given away free to fans, are a constant background to Confederations Cup games.

Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso said: "I think they should be banned. They make it very difficult for the players to communicate with each other and to concentrate.

"They are a distraction and do nothing for the atmosphere," he added after his team's 1-0 win over Iraq.

MY POV: Ban them? Hmm ... let's not go that far. They're just a part of the game in South Africa. But ban them, you say ... hmm ... You know what? Let me think on that one ...

As a commenter on South Africa's Times so eloquently put it:

Vuvuzelas were created by South Africans for South Africa’s soccer-loving people.

They are proudly South African and are approved by soccer’s governing body Fifa.

We are not going to stop blowing our vuvuzelas just because we now have the Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup. I bet these vuvuzela-haters only watch the English Premier League and some European leagues.

This is Africa, not Europe. If you don’t like vuvuzelas, tough luck.

Buy yourself a vuvuzela and I’ll happily teach you to blow it. Remember: if you can’t beat them, join them.



24 comments:

tomlegg said...

All those Vuvuzela haters out there (for which I am not one of them) must remember that this Confederations Cup 'Party' is largely attended by South African fans only, hens the Vuvuzela sound is so much more prominent. When the World Cup come around next year the stadiums will be far more divided and hens the noise will be distributed more evenly between chanting, singing and of course the terrific Vuvuzela's.

Your all being far to precious about this issue, the Vuvuzela's will add a different noise to the game we all love when the World Cup come around. In the meantime, stop overreacting.

Cesar said...

Ya, we're probably over reacting. But what a noise! In any case, I'll have to get one with my name etched on it when I'm there!

Robert M. said...

South Africa did NOT invent them. These horns have been around since the 1970s in the U.S. There is nothing 'cultural' 'authentic' or 'African' about them. Ban them, or run the audio feed through an electronic filter to remove the drone.

Anonymous said...

The vuvuzelas are terrible on TV. Even the commentary is drowned out by the noise. You can say rather go to the game then, but the point is the entire tournament is designed for TV, that's where all the money is and not everybody can travel to South Africa to watch the games. I would say ban them from the World Cup.

Anonymous said...

such a annoying noise you cant watch the football beause of the headache these blowing noises how many people wont watch it because of this???

Moses said...

Try the mute button guys. The vuvuzela is here to stay.

I don't know what's up with your broadcasters, but I've been watching games on TV with the vuvuzelas blarring out loud and I could hear the commentary just fine. I hardly notice the vuvuzelas nowadays.

The more the foreigners fight the vuvuzela, the louder it's gonna get. That is how South Africa works, and much of Africa, word has it.

If I were FIFA, I wouldn't even think of banning it. The consequences would be grave, knowing our supporters.

Ron Howell said...

I would much rather listen to a Zulu war chant than have to hear those ridiculous bee-swarm simulators on TV.
Whoever came up with the idea of giving them away for free should be put up against a wall and shot!

Alexander said...

They also make great beer funnels for after the game.

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Anonymous said...

Useless & annoying sound.. Guess if your half deaf like most vuvu abusers it s not that bad, but for us with intact hearing it s a nightmare !!
Ah well guess it s the price for having the WorldCup in Africa :P

Anonymous said...

I didnt get it, its part of south africa's culture to be annoying?

Anonymous said...

LOL i don't think tomlegg is right! the noise is not distibuted at all and there is no other sound but the vuvuzelas

Anonymous said...

These horns are a symbol of these peoples culture. Just watch the game and it's like a bad smell you get used to after a while!

Anonymous said...

Everyone should watch this then if they feel so passionately about hating them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw-NU0uIgf8