Shakira's 'Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)' has been named official song of this year's soccer World Cup in South Africa.
Shakira's 'Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)' has been named official song of this year's soccer World Cup.
The Columbian born 'She Wolf' singer will also fly out to the opening of the tournament - which is being held in South Africa - on June 10 to perform at a concert which will also feature Alicia Keys and Black Eyed Peas.
Shakira said: "I am honored that 'Waka Waka' was chosen to be part of the excitement and the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
"The soccer World Cup is a miracle of global excitement, connecting every country, race, religion and condition around a single passion."
The song will also be featured on the soundtrack to the tournament, called 'Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album', which will be released on May 31, with proceeds from its sale going to various African charities.
Also on the bill at the opening concert - held at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg - are R'n'B singer John Legend, Mali's Amadou and Mariam, Beninoise singer Angelique Kidjo, South African rock group BLK JKS, Columbian rocker Juanes, South African indie group The Parlotones, Saharan desert musicians Tinariwen, Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Toure, and South African artist Vusi Mahlasela.
The concert is expected to be attended by an audience of 30,000 at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.