Shakira recently released the World Cup anthem she recorded with South African group Freshlyground. South Africa wishes she had not
"It's horrible," local fan Lindi Munonde said. "I'm not standing for it. I mean, what is our president doing about it?"
"Waka Waka — Time for Africa" takes its inspiration from Cameroonian music, but South Africans aren't convinced the Colombian Shakira is the right singer to represent Africa's first World Cup.
"Really, I mean, how is Shakira going to sing the African part of it?" said Nomaswazi Thomo, a fan from Johannesburg.
Shakira is scheduled to perform the song before the July 11 World Cup final at the 94,000-seat Soccer City stadium near Soweto. She's also among the string of international artists performing at FIFA's June 10 Kickoff concert — another point of consternation.
After the original lineup highlighted American artists Alicia Keys and Black Eyed Peas, criticism in South Africa led to World Cup organizers adding more local artists.
See, a little T-Pain could've probably solved this problem.