Vuvuzela

For those unfamiliar, Vuvuzela may sound like a type of cheese (Mozzarella). However, those two are totally unrelated. Vuvuzela is a long, brightly colored South African trumpet with elephant-like sound, made of plastic. It’s widely used on soccer matches across the country and without exception in the World Cup 2010 as well.

Vuvuzela

The use of Vuvuzela in the 2010 FIFA World Cup has been a subject of controversy due to safety, noise and health concern. FIFA saw the instrument as a potential weapon for hooligans. Players and coaches are extremely annoyed with its concentration and communication-disturbing sound. In fact, the world’s largest working Vuvuzela (35 m/115 ft) in Cape Town sponsored by Hyundai which was intended to be used at the beginning of each match had not yet sounded a note during the World Cup as its volume was a cause of concern to city authorities. Nonetheless, in the end, despite the criticisms, FIFA agreed to permit their use in stadiums during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

A closer look of the Vuvuzela, the noise-making trumpet.

Vuvuzela

How to play this instrument?

Simply put your lips inside the mouthpiece and blow. You can experiment with your blowing frequency and intensity to produce a less monotonous rhythm. Don’t forget to blow really hard to reach a ridiculously loud ‘boogying blast’!

Click here to hear its sound!

Added to above, lately there has been a spin-off of the widely popular Guitar Hero game that promotes Vuvuzela as the musical instrument. The spin-off game is called Vuvuzella Hero. It is not playable (yet hopefully) but there has been video previews of the video game.

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