With their breathtaking saves, superb goals and scintillating skills – tsamayas, shibobos, and champagne passes, footballers have always had the license to thrill.
Many a time football followers would dance to the tunes of players displaying their consummate skills. Doctor Khumalo caressing the ball; Delron Buckley darting down the flank; Hlompho Kekana releasing one of those sublime passes and Thembi Kgatlana firing into the top corner can trigger the same sensations as the ‘gong gong’ sound by AmaPiano.
Over the years, in an expedition to have the masses dance, some South African footballers have tried their hand, oh no vocal cords, at entertaining the people lyrically. To their dismay and their audience, the results have been below par. FARPost lists a few footballers, who tried to make them dance. The success rate leaves a lot to be desired.
- Benni McCarthy and TKZee
As the 1998 Fifa World Cup was approaching, McCarthy got in studio with the hottest Kwaito group in the land, TKZee to record the hit – Shibobo. The song is by far the number one song featuring a footballer.
The country danced and to this day, the sounds of Shibobo still rocks – halakasha!
- Steve Lekoelea and Mzambiya
Many may not remember the lyrics of the duo’s song Jersey No 10. What most football lovers won’t forget is that the song prompted the retirement of jersey number 10 at Orlando Pirates, where Lekoelea was a star man. Just as the number 10 faded at Pirates so did the song on the airwaves.
- Doctor Khumalo and Bob Mabena
When 16 V, as Khumalo is fondly known, was the poster boy of South African football, legendary radio DJ Bob Mabena got together with the crowd favourite to record a song – Get Funky. Whatever happened to the song, no one knows. Though Get Funky disappeared, Khumalo and Mabena continued to do what they do best – football and radio. Today they are still held in high esteem. Imagine if music was used to as a barometer for their contribution to society.
- Jabu Mahlangu
Jabu Mahlangu, erstwhile Pule, used to take defenders on his own and he would succeed. Over a decade ago, the man nicknamed Shuffle was determined to go own his own. There was fanfare around his upcoming album aptly named The Shuffle. The people waited to shuffle on the dance floor but Mahlangu’s musical career ended the same time it started, if, it ever took off.
- Mambush, Magents, Chilies and the rest
Most footballers, including Mambush Mudau, Thabang Lebese, Edward Motale, Sipho Nunens, and others tried to win hearts with music but the little said here about them doesn’t quite capture the extent of their below par performances. FARPost would have preferred they confined their singing to the dressing room.
Though musically most players won’t make it to the line-up, songs about of them rock. Just keep on doing your thing on the pitch, gents, and inspire the hit makers to belt them songs.
Who knows, you might be featured like Gift Leremi and Thembinkosi Lorch.
Vum Vum! Lorch! Lorch! Lorch!
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