Waka Waka to close World Cup finale

WAKA Waka, one of the World Cup anthems, will reverberate through Soccer City on Sunday afternoon as the curtain comes down on Africa's first ever soccer extravaganza.

WAKA Waka, one of the World Cup anthems, will reverberate through Soccer City on Sunday afternoon as the curtain comes down on Africa's first ever soccer extravaganza.

Apart from the 500 million people expected to watch the ceremony, more than 14 heads of state, royalty, celebrities and Africa's liberation icons will witness an awe-inspiring display of colour and fireworks.

The Soccer City gates open at 2.30pm - six hours before kickoff of the World Cup final at 8.30pm.

The 30-minute ceremony will be broadcast to a global audience of about 500 million.

Colombian superstar Shakira and FreshlyGround will lead the audience in song.

Waka Waka - the catchy tune first performed at the kickoff concert on June 10, has topped the global music charts in 15 countries and was the most watched video on the Internet last month, with more than 70 million hits on You Tube. Grammy Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jozi, Stoan Seate, Slikour, Zuluboy and Nigerian R&B singer, 2Face, have been lined up to perform.

Unlike the opening ceremony, which celebrated Africa's humanity and natural surroundings in the form of a dribbling dung beetle, the closing ceremony promises to be technologically advanced.

A fireworks display, smaller in scale to the mammoth orchestration witnessed during the opening and closing of the Beijing Olympics, will be on show after the ceremonial performances as well as the final match presentations.

LOC chief marketing officer Derek Catstens said: "While the opening ceremony was more traditional in order to do justice to Africa's heritage, the closing ceremony will have contemporary and youthful themes.

"It takes place at night, which will allow for dramatic lighting and special effects."

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