Vuvuzela… enough already

14 Jun

It is official. My dislike for the vuvuzela has officially turned to hate.

It is ruining the world cup atmosphere for me (SA rugby stadia already have a ban on them) FIFA decided to allow them even after the complaints after the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup held in South Africa. There was talk of banning the vuvuzela for the World cup, fans and commentators complained about the noise. The South Africans however claim this plastic 60p horn (massed produced in South Africa & China) is part of Authentic South African football and culture.

The world cup is different nations, their teams and supporters coming together in the worlds greatest sporting event. Each nation brings its own brand of support, samba and Latino music, gutteral German singing, the English marching band – all the nations bring a unique atmosphere to the game. This world cup the atmosphere of the entire competition is the sound of a 90 minutes traffic jam.

However painful the sound is to me on TV and radio, I am thankful that I am not in the stadia. Listen to how the vuvuzela sounds stood among them, imagine 90 minutes non-stop (paying £100’s if not £1000’s to attend the game). Try and listen to the full 2 minutes, how do you feel about another 88 ?

Now compare to a crowd singing.

Football games, stadia, players and a crowd are normally symbiotic. The stadia sound rises and falls through the passage of play. Supporters encourage their team if they are struggling, mock the opponents, cheer good play. The vuvuzela just results in 90 minutes of flat droning, there is no ebb and flow. I have heard people say the fans just need to sing, but it is simply impossible to be heard above the horns

What a shame that South Africa with such a history of dance, music and song will be remembered for a cheap plastic tube. It is not even an original concept, South America crowds used them for decades – thankfully they have the sense to use it sparingly.

You can vote to ban it though sadly it will be to late.


6 Responses to “Vuvuzela… enough already”

  1. fiale June 14, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    Dude it’s 6am and your already posting !

    Maybe mention Dutch TV who are already filtering the sound, due to complaints.

  2. Wyrdtimes June 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    Totally agree with you – it’s ruining the atmosphere.

    • Capello Fabio June 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

      There are a couple of petitions online to ban the vuvuzela from the World Cup. Here’s one:

      • fiale June 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

        I can understand the sentiments of the ban, but I cannot put my name to something which commits me to boycotting the world Cup. I am watching the games with the TV sound off and the radio commentary on instead.

        I would happily sign one that was just aimed at getting rid of the vuvuzela, but not a world cup boycott.


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