Shakira to perform Waka Waka at FIFA World Cup closing ceremony

MUMBAI: Shakira and special guest Freshlyground will be performing "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" during the closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The performance will take place on the field at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on 11 July to precede the final match of the cup and will be available to all FIFA network partners.

According to Sony Music, Shakira featuring Freshlyground’s Waka Waka, the Official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is the fastest-selling single and the biggest-selling World Cup single of the digital age. All proceeds from the song will benefit FIFA’s Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup "20 Centers for 2010."

The song was written and co-produced by Shakira is inspired by an African marching chant, "Zangalewa" made popular by the Cameroonian group Golden Voices and combines Afro-Colombian instrumentation and rhythms with a rousing Soca beat and Southern African choir and guitar.