Countdown has begun. On 10th June, 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010 has been started in South Africa. The concert of FIFA World Cup 2010 held at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg at 2 PM (Local Time), 12 Noon (GMT), 5:30 PM (IST).
More than 1,500 performers were presented for the opening ceremony. Popular artists like Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angélique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, BLK JKS, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré and Vusi Mahlasela were participated in this event. The official 2010 World Cup song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” was performed by Famous international singer Shakira together with a local South African group.
With South Africa’s Soweto Spiritual Singers, Multiple Grammy Award winner, R Kelly will sing the ceremony’s showpiece song, ‘Sign of a Victory’. She said that taking part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup “is the biggest thing I’ve ever been involved with. “I’ve heard so many great stories about Africa. To be here in this way, performing at the World Cup, there’s just no words for this. Musically, this is my World Cup. Any time you get the chance to be part of something this big and historical, it’s definitely very special,” said Kelly.
For the opening ceremony, the rest of the world-class line-up features celebrated South African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela, charismatic Nigerian star, Femi Kuti, who will perform the famous ‘Bang, Bang, Bang’ track, Algerian Afro-pop artiste, Khaled, legendary Ghanaian band, Osibisa, as well as top-class South African artistes, Thandiswa Mazwai, Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP), TKZee and vocalist, Timothy Moloi.
“Welcoming the World Home” is the theme of the ceremony and is produced for the OC by the VWV TILL DAWN Consortium, comprising the VWV Group and Till Dawn Entertainment. The Opening Ceremony will also feature well-known South African praise singer and poet, Zolani Mkhiva, as well as the music of Letta Mbulu and Chicco. An innovative and exciting organization, the Field Band Foundation, was also taken part in this ceremony with a track for youth development through music and dance among disadvantaged communities.
Dr Danny Jordaan, the OC’s Chief Executive Officer said, “The Opening Ceremony features a great line-up of South African and African giants of the music and entertainment industry and will showcase to a worldwide audience of millions the talent, creativity, technology and welcoming spirit and hospitality of the African continent. It will undoubtedly be a real African celebration of joy, life and energy”.
South Africa’s Minister of Arts and Culture, Lulu Xingwana whose department played a major role in securing the artists for the Opening Ceremony and sourcing particularly the artists from the African continent said, “I believe the Opening Ceremony is going to be a super showpiece of the very best of African arts, culture, song and dance. There will be a full representation of South African artists and artists from Africa, especially from the participating six-pack nations representing Africa at the tournament”.
It was decided that the profit which was earned through this ceremony will be donated to “20 Centers for 2010”, a charity campaign dedicated to enhancing public health, education and development across Africa. Before the game between the hosts and Mexico, FIFA opted to keep the Friday’s actual opening ceremony performances with an aim to maintain the summit of expectations and excitement. It is a secret performance.
Today is the first tournament of this World Cup which will play between South Africa and Mexico at 4 p.m. local time. There are total 32 teams which have been divided into eight groups. In the group phase, eight groups with four teams each will include of Group A to Group H. At first, Matches will be played within these groups from where winners will be chosen for the next matches. The closing ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2010 will produce by the same consortium which successfully staged the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009.
Also check out: ESPN World Cup TV Schedule 2010 & Live Coverage
You can watch this live on following TV Channels in your country.
United States: ABC, ESPN, and Univision (Spanish broadcast)
United Kingdom: BBC, ITV
Italy: SKY Italia (all matches), RAI (one match a day)
South Asian Countries: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Maldives, and Bangladesh: ESPNSTAR
Portugal: RTP, SIC, Sport TV
South Africa: SABC, DStv
Spain: Cuatro (one match a day), Digital+ (all matches)
Sweden: SR, SVT, TV4
The Netherlands: NOS
Video of FIFA Opening Ceremony 2010 from YouTube: