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24 mins

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Director: Kyle O’Donoghue: South Africa, 2007.
Producer: Plexus Films for Little Bird
Series: Total soccer
The vuvuzela is a piece of plastic in the shape of a horn that has somehow been adopted as a traditional South African musical instrument. Many people just think of it as a noise-making nuisance that features most prominently at soccer matches. However, to musicologist Pedro Espi-Sanchis it has the possibility of being turned into an orchestra. This would involve each player or groups of players representing just one note, with all of them together forming a chord. To try this out, he and Thandi Swartbooi, head of the music group Women Unite, launched a vuvuzela orchestra. With a core group from Cape Town, they first flew to the Free State to work with the enthusiastic Bloemfontein Celtic fans, teaching 60 of them to play a number of songs in just five days. Thereafter the entire group travelled to play at Ellis Park where, in November 2007, Bafana Bafana took on the United States in a Nelson Mandela Challenge match.


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