Vuvuzelas creating buzz amid protests to ban themThe June 15, 2010, By Bernard Lamothe
The Vuvuzela, the traditional South African trumpet heard buzzing all through the World Cup Games this year, are creating a buzz not only in South Africa, but around the world, as well. ;
Television viewers around the world are complaining of the incessant buzzing created by the Vuvuzela, a traditional plastic trumpet used in South Africa. Some viewers go so far as to watch the games with the sound turned off on their television sets. However, the president of FIFA is unimpressed by the masses of complaints, saying that Africa has it’s own rhythm, it’s own sounds, and that he would not feel comfortable banning a people’s traditional music from the games, and that it had never been done before.
Vuvuzelas have played an important part of football culture in South Africa for over ten years, and many locals compare it to singing, chanting and dancing done in other countries. So, while the sounds may make the World Cup Games a little harder to watch, producers at ESPN feel that capturing the sound is part of capturing the games and their great moments.
"Our host country is South Africa, and so it is what it is."