Vuvuzela and Celtic make music

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This is set to change, when the Vuvuzela Orchestra takes to the stage at a Bafana Bafana v United States match at Ellis Park on Saturday and then again next Tuesday when Bafana play Canada.

The Vuvuzela Orchestra is the brainchild of musician Pedro Espi-Sanchis, known as ‘Pedro the music man”, and Thandi Swaartbooi from Kideo.

“I couldn't bear the idea of the world coming here for the 2010 Soccer World Cup with and not hearing a lot of music. South Africa is one of the most musical countries in the world,” Pedro tells Kick Off.

He has tuned the vuvuzelas and created six different variations that each play a different note, a large number of these are combined with brass instruments, traditional African instruments and voices to produce an amazing sound.

This style of making music is based on the traditional African ‘one person-one note’ ensembles such as the Tshikona and the Dinaka from Limpopo province and the Dithlaka from Botswana.

Pedro and Thandi Swartbooi, co-directors of uMoya Music, aim is to have Vuvuzela Orchestras play a vibrant part in 2010, as thousands of fans can play along, based on the colour of their vuvuzelas and notation projected onto large screens in the stadiums.

“In soccer matches in Africa we see Nigerian, Cameroonian, Senegalese and other West African fans singing, playing drums, blowing bugles, and producing very good music. The Vuvuzela Orchestra will become South Africa’s unique contribution to soccer music," Pedro adds.

The orchestra had its debut performances at the New Years and Africa Day concerts at Newtown and Soweto in Johannesburg. This weekend will betheir first soccer outing as they support Bafana Bafana in collaboration with the Bloemfontein Celtic supporters.

SA Breweries has provided funding for the core orchestra from Cape Town to travel to Bloemfontein, where they will be working with the dynamic, musical fans of Phunya Sele Sele.

They will spend 6 days training a group of 60 vuvuzela players, and on Saturday, the 70-strong orchestra accompanied by 2000 singing Celtic fans will travel on buses to Johannesburg to play at Ellis Park stadium.

Then they will head down to Durban to play at the Absa Stadium in another Bafana match against Canada.