July 12, 2010

Grand Closing Ceremony at Soccer City Stadium Johannesburg

FIFA World Cup 2010 is coming to an end after a successful run. Before the final there will be a great closing ceremony two hours prior to the match. The event will be headlined by Colombian star Shakira and South African muscial legend Joseph Shabalala. The ceremony will also feature the South African groups Freshlyground and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The event will take place at Soccer City in Johannesburg on July 11.

The Chief Marketing Officer of the Organising Committee, Derek Carsten, went on to describe the ceremony. "This is going to be a story of our country (South Africa). The opening ceremony we focused a lot on the traditions of the country, and it was much more traditional. The closing ceremony is a night time function. It's going to be a celebration of the event itself. It's going to be a celebration of of the football, and it's going to be a celebration of the fans. It will also be a celebration of the country. We really want overseas viewers to feel that a fantastic soccer event has taken place here. We want them to see that it has been a marvelous fan experience. We want them to think this was a country worth visiting," he stated.
Carsten went into more detail of the event itself. "We start off with a very traditional approach. We celebrate the fans in the begining. Then we go on into a whole celebration of the initial rounds, the round of sixteen, the semi-finals, and then we set up the final. Then we end with a highly energized dance sequence. We celebrate the tradition of the country in a very modern, youthful, and contemporary way. One of the marquee songs will be Shakira's world wide hit "Waka Waka"," he said.

Shakira is excited for her participation in the ceremony. "This is one of the highlights of my career. I'm ready to be on the pitch singing "Waka Waka". This song has become a song of hope, of joy, and celebration. This song represents integration, which is what this World Cup has been about. This is what South Africa has become, it's a country that is truly an example for the rest of the world having overcome so many barriers," she said. The singer went on to pick the winner of the tournament. "I have to confess that as a hispanic that I am it's my moral duty to go for Spain, but I think both teams are unbelievable," she said.