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K’NAAN’s Wavin Flag VS Shakira’s Waka Waka, Which is a more iconic song to you?


I was watching videos on Youtube randomly (What I do whenever I’m done with my tasks for the day or when I feel very bored) then I decided to start searching for old music videos because I watch music videos so much especially newly released music videos, I started searching for old music videos of some of my favorite artiste and was enjoying every bit of it when I came across k’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” video as a suggestion just when I was about to watch the next video, I couldn’t help but click the play button and watched it repeatedly.


I was engrossed, The music video looked very soothing that even you wouldn’t want to stop watching as I couldn’t help but just had to keep repeating. Eventually, I stopped because I had to continue watching more videos and the next music video that struck my mind was Shakira’s Waka Waka which I searched for and watched next.


It was just like I was watching another version of Wavin’ flag or vice versa, I found myself also watching repeatedly with the conclusion that it was going to be a difficult decision to choose one over the other, Now Let’s talk about both songs.



The world reggae fusion song was released in 2009 by Somali-Canadian poet, singer and songwriter off his second studio album Troubadour. The message of the song was actually for Somalis when they were faced with difficulties but instead, it became a global hit when the beverage company (coca-cola) chose it as their promotional anthem for 2010’s FIFA world cup(hosted by South Africa) and it topped charts globally even if wasn’t the official world cup song.

Notable lyrics from the song are:

When I get older

I would be stronger

They call me freedom

Just like a wavin’ flag



waka waka(This time for Africa) is an afro-fusion song by the Grammy award-winning Colombian singer Shakira which Freshlyground(A South African Band) featured on and was the official song for the 2010 FIFA world cup. It’s very complex to come up with all certifications associated with the song but the impact of the song globally can never be overlooked, The message of the song was for footballers to strive hard till they achieved their goals respectively.

Notable lyrics from the song are:

Tsamina mina, eh eh

Waka waka, eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa

 This time for Africa


The video of both songs looks very similar as children were seen dancing around with joy and happiness, Some popular footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi were even featured on the video of Shakira’s waka waka. you can’t listen to both songs without being nostalgic.


Drop a comment below about which song you feel is more iconic















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