It’s the summer of the vuvuzela. There are even Iphone apps for the noise.
They are cute but, oh, so annoying, providing the same buzzsaw backdrop to every single game in this World Cup.
And robbing the South Africa World Cup of one of the event’s great beauties – the ability to hear the fans of each team sing their own songs. In the U.S.-England game, it was really troubling not to hear the English songs, which are profane, loud, proud and hilarious. In the opener that featured Mexico we couldn’t hear the Mariachi music. Today, for Brazil, we couldn’t hear the drummers or the samba sounds.
The beauty of the World Cup event is that each team comes with its own flavor, history and its own soundtrack. And the vuvuzelas – which might be appropriate for the South African team (they’ve become standard fare at SA matches and are not simply an ingeneous marketer’s World Cup dream realized) are stealing the sounds of the World Cup.
We should be able to hear the music of each individual team.
Well, except for maybe one. You guessed it – ours. The U.S. has yet to come up with any great cheer or song besides the chant of “USA, USA,” which is just as annoying in its own way as the vuvuzela.
The vuvuzela is so irritating that it could have been invented by Americans (but wasn’t). Still, it’s not as bad as thunder stix at a baseball game.