It either gets you going or drives you crazy. Goal.com investigates the sound of South African football...Some say that it is a descendant of the horns used to summon African villagers to meetings in the past.
Others maintain that it was born as a toy for children but all have an opinion on the Vuvuzela.
However it started, this air horn is, like it or not, here to stay and is going to provide the soundtrack to the 2010 World Cup.
Thousands of fans at every game so far at the Confederations Cup have been serenading players, media and television viewers around the world by blasting the vuvezela non-stop. Not all are happy...
“What the heck is that bee-bee sound from the stadium during the whole match - sooooooo annoying!!” said Goal.com reader Thao from Vietnam after watching Spain thrash New Zealand..
The vuvuzela has been a part of South African football since the nineties and now it is set to explode on the world stage.
Pictured above is Jonathon from Johannesburg outside the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein prior to the Spain – Iraq match.
He replied when asked why he had a vuvuzela: “It makes a lot of noise and gets you in the mood. It’s as simple as that.”
The supplier of the ‘instrument’ Boogieblast has this advice for those wanting to join in: "Put your lips inside the mouthpiece and almost make a 'farting' sound. Relax your cheeks and let your lips vibrate inside the mouthpiece. As soon as you get that trumpeting sound, blow harder until you reach a ridiculously loud 'boogying blast.”
Boogieblast also claims that “you only hate them if you don’t have one.”
As for me, I like them and in the stadium they create a great atmosphere but perhaps you should ask me again at the end of the 2010 World Cup.
John Duerden, Goal.com
Bloemfontein, South Africa