Waka Waka

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Hebrew: ואקה ואקה. Line (block) dance by DJ Niedober, 2011.

The song is by Shakira (Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll) in collaboration with the South African band Freshlyground, based on the song Zangalewa by the Cameroonian group Golden Sounds, whose voices can be heard briefly in the music video. It was the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Niedober's dance uses elements from the music video's choreography created by Hi-Hat (Nadine Ruffin), specifically the characteristic hand movements and some of the jumping steps. Unfortunately, in many venues the connection with the original choreography has been lost, especially the jumping steps which are now often done simply as kicks; see the videos below.


Hi-Hat teaches the hand movements
Niedober emphasizes how to do the jumping correctly
The jumping in the original music video
The original song Zangalewa by Golden Sounds
Waka Waka at israelidances.com
(The video at Rokdim is a different version, by Levi Bar-Gil.)