Benni McCarthy swops boots for mic

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South African soccer star Benni McCarthy is dedicating his new song to Bafana Bafana and the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, which kicks off tomorrow.

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The song, titled Viva Africa, was released early in December 2012 and has enjoyed airplay from top South African radio stations like Mhlobo Wenene, Kaya FM and YFM. His last studio track was recorded in 1998 when he featured on the TKZee song Shibobo.

Said McCarthy: “With the TKZee track the lyrics were written for me so I just had to go into the studio and record them. But with Viva Afrika I put down the lyrics myself.”

“I was nervous as hell, but the guys made me feel at ease,” he said.

McCarthy said he rapped about his experiences in football over the years: “I have achieved more than what most African players have achieved and I wanted to put those experiences down. The song is an African anthem that associates with many African themes. It encourages Africans to believe in themselves and work together.”

McCarthy will not be playing in Afcon due to injury concerns.
“My wish is for Africa to excel and to give all the youths on the continent the opportunity they deserve in the areas of education, sports, music and so on,” continued McCarthy.

“The message in the song really encourages Africans to believe in themselves, to work together, to go higher and see no limit.”
McCarthy has also recorded a track for his soccer club, Orlando Pirates, where last year he enjoyed a successful season. In the song he thanks his fans for all their support. The song is called Amabagabaga.

This latest foray into music does not mean he wants a future career in music.

His focus, says his management team, is and always will remain firmly on soccer and the role he plays in Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana.

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