‘Vuvuzela’ – Zulu’ for ‘Annoying’

It’s funny how in the last week, the vuvuzela has gone from a relatively unknown instrument to a twitter trending topic and the focus of complaints the world over.

If you haven’t been watching the World Cup, chances are you’ve probably heard about the plastic horns that have been providing the aural backdrop for every game so far. If you have been watching, you’ll definitely know what they are, and your ears will take years to recover. Slight exaggeration. But they are annoying as fuck.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think they should be banned, so I’m glad that FIFA aren’t going to listen to the people calling for their demise (or maybe FIFA just can’t hear them over the noise. (Awful joke. Sorry)).

Fifa’s Rich Mkhondo said the low buzz of the horns was a key part of Africa’s first ever tournament.

“They are here to stay,” said Mr Mkhondo. “Look at them as part of our culture. We ask our guests to embrace our culture, the way we celebrate.

“The history of the the vuvuzela is ingrained in this country. People love them around the world. We just ask people to use them wisely and not during national anthems.”


The BBC have apparently received 545 complaints about the interminable noise throughout their coverage of the World Cup, which I personally think is a bit excessive because Mick McCarthy‘s only been commentating on a handful of games really.

Besides, despite my distaste for them, there’s no denying they give the games a distinctly South African feel, which can only be expected (and accepted) for a World Cup in South Africa. It’d be ridiculous to try to tell the fans that they’re not allowed to blow their little horns because European TV doesn’t like it. I say: go forth and blow your horn! (Just maybe a little bit less. It can’t be good for your cheeks to blow something constantly for 90 minutes.)

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