Posts Tagged ‘ Africa ’

Commentary: Why the Vuvuzela Horn should stay

There has been a ton of push-back against the utilization of the Vuvuzela Horn by fans at the South African hosted World Cup. If you don’t know what a Vuvuzela is, watch below.

There are several reasons the Vuvuzela’s should stay:

–  Vuvuzela’s are apart of South African football culture. If the games were in England, Brazil, Mexico etc. there would be elements of each nation’s soccer culture. We can’t be so ethnocentric as to not allow a nation to express themselves. When FIFA made the decision for the 2010 World Cup to be in South African they knew the culture and what was coming.

– The sound is a response of the joy that is in South Africa – and Africa as a  whole – because the World Cup is actually in Africa.

– Players will get accustomed to the Vuvuzelas. It is annoying but so was/is the wave, drums at games, marching bands, crowd cheers etc.

– Vuvuzelas make the experience unique, everyone will look back and remember when the Vuvuzela was released on the world of soccer. Perhaps they will even become apart of the broader sport culture and add to the multi-culture that is Football/Soccer/Futbol.

– International Soccer has struggled with issues of racism towards Black players and teams. Banning Vuvuzela’s would only add fuel to the fire, but supporting the horns -and a Black culture.

Thankfully, FIFA feels the same way I – and many folks – do. A couple days ago the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, commented on a tweet:

I have always said that Africa has a different rhythm, a different sound. I don’t see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country. Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country? Article

As said on Around the Horn, “There is an inalienable right to horn.”

Alternative Christmas

As we enter the Christmas stretch people are rushing out to get those last minute gifts. Lines are packed, minds are stressed, and many are anxious about the gifts they are giving and receiving

To provide a retreat from the materialism of our day and in and effort to refocus on the ultimate gift of Christmas – the baby who was  and is the provision of hope for the world –  I want to offer three alternative  gifts ideas. These gifts won’t gain merit or acclaim from those around you,  you won’t be able to have the privilege of offering these gifts to your friends and family, they are gifts that will be noticed by few in your life, but that will effect many.

World Vision


World Impact

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American Leprosy Mission

I know that money may be tight and the fervor of the Christmas season is accelerating, but we must remember that what we have is not ours, but the Lord’s.