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Vuvuzela orchestra

Anna Marie Jansen van Vuuren/Twenty Ten

Vuvuzela music – traditionally African!

Associated features on vuvuzelas: Vuvuzela Madness (Photo gallery), Vuvuzela Day (Photo feature), Vuvuzela takes on the World (Text feature) and Vuvuzelas with a difference (Photo feature about seaweed vuvuzelas)

CUE: A South African Soccer Game would be incomplete without the Vuvuzela, a brightly coloured plastic trumpet which sounds like an elephant’s call. Many fans hate the instrument’s noise, but the Vuvuzela orchestra proves that the instrument can also make great music. Anna-Marie Jansen van Vuuren reports.

KEYWORDS: VUVUZELA, ORCHESTRA, 2010 WORLD CUP, SOCCER, AFRICAN MUSIC, CULTURE, NOTES, TRUMPET, FANS, BRAZIL, EDUCATION, NOISE-MAKER

Music courtesy of Pedro Espi-Sanchis and Professor Dave Dargie.

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FX – Vuvuzela Orchestra Song – a bafana


By using a combination of standard vuvuzelas and other instruments, the conductor of the Vuvuzela orchestra, Pedro Espi-Sanchis, has created a unique ensemble that surprises and captivates audiences around the country. Pedro was inspired to create the orchestra, after South Africa was announced as the host of the 2010 Football World cup.

CLIP 1 – PEDRO – CREATING THE ORCHESTRA

I started thinking – what is the link between soccer and music? Because my objective is always music”

The Vuvuzela-instrument was the common denominator and from there the Vuvuzela orchestra was born. They had their first public appearance at the Johannesburg Carnival in 2006.

Fx – music bridge

The orchestra has many professional musicians in its ranks. One of them, Samora Ntsebeza, says they are constantly battling the social stigma that the vuvuzela...

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