Football and music have always shared history together, go to any stadium and you bound to hear some of the hottest songs blazing the waves at that moment. In this article I will specifically compile my top 5 songs that were inspired by football stars, this will include songs named after them by real name or nickname, the football star is heavily featured in the song or video and etc. Also the criteria that I will use to rank these songs will be the following:
- Relevancy in reference to the player (Is the player still on form in terms of football)
- Player influence on the song (does the player appear on the video, does the player sing or rap on the song)
- Accessibility of the song
- And lastly and perhaps more accurately my opinion
With all that out of the way lets start the list
5. Bob Mabena and Doctor Khumalo – Get Funky
One of the very early songs that featured a soccer star and soon to be legend Doctor Khumalo, in terms of popularity it was a chart topper back in the early 90s when it was released and went on to win best hip-hop song in 1994. The song wasn’t original as it was more of a cover of 80s song ‘We got the funk’ by Positive Funk. Doctor Khumalo appeared in the music video, unfortunately couldn’t find that video but I still remember the basketball themed video with the legendary attacking midfielder lending some lyrics, “Yoh yoh yoh yipi yoh yipi yoh Get funky groovy yupi yupi yohhh ” . Not the most lyrical but keeping in tune with easy flow of the song. Unfortunately the song is not easy to find, not listed on popular music streaming apps, was only able to find it on YouTube and obviously not officially uploaded hence it ranks at 5 among other reasons I have hinted at.
4.Kabza De Small feat. Semi Tee, Miano and Kammu Dee – Lorch
From Hip-hop to Amapiano, the song that inspired this list, the song can be heard everywhere from Orlando Stadium, radio and countless December parties, there’s no questioning the song is a club banger right now. Currently the song doesn’t have an official music video and it will be interesting to see if Thembinkosi Lorch, the current PSL player of the year makes an appearance in the video. I only have two reasons why this song isn’t at least in the top 3, firstly currently the Orlando Pirates star hasn’t produced on the field juxtaposed to the previous season where he was the unquestioned best player in the league. Secondly the lyrics refers to Lorch as number 10 but at Orlando Pirates he wears number 3 perhaps referring to his position on the field as number 10 but even that holds little water as the player is usually played on the left to cut inside and score.
3. Bizizi feat. DJ Cleo and DJ Buckz – Thuso Phala
Thuso Phala inspired a song and dance, you can’t get anymore original than that. The song was an instant hit as soon as you heard it and the song fueled by the dance ensured that the former Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United star will always have a unique standing in South African Pop Culture history. It also helps that the player enjoyed a career renaissance with Supersport when the song hit, he scored important goals for Matsatsantsa and each time performing the signature dance. Its a pity the player never makes an appearance in the video, if he had it might have ranked higher.
2. Brown Dash feat. Mdu & Brickz – Vum Vum
This is probably the saddest entry in the list not because of the song but because of the two supremely talented individuals involved, Brown Dash would sadly pass away back in 2012 and the player Gift Leremi nicknamed ‘Vum Vum’ passed away back in 2007. Another sad fact is the original video which showed off Gift Leremi’s mesmeric skills is not available. The song was an instant classic when it released and if you play it even today it will get you dancing and feeling a bit sad.
1.TKZee feat. Benni McCarthy – Shibobo
Released back in 1998, this kwaito classic had everything, sold over 100000 singles in just over a month and its easy to see why, TKZee was the hottest thing in the music business and they were in their prime when Shibobo hit, add Benni McCarthy, future legend and undoubtedly one of the greatest players this country has ever produced, noteworthy also was the fact that South Africa were heading to the first ever World Cup appearance in France (Siyaya eFrance). The video shot at Orlando Stadium, featured skills from the legendary striker, Benni McCarthy provided some dance moves inspired by Madiba Dance and the chorus, ‘Benni is in the 18 area’, it was impossible for this song to miss just as Benni only needed a just a sniff in the box it was over.