Jorge Ben: Ponta De Lança Africano (Umbabarauma)
I had to jump on this week's theme so that this song would be timely for the FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday. Remember, it's futbol, not soccer, and sadly for South America, none of their teams made it to the final two. Instead we've got an European face-off between Spain and the Netherlands.
Jorge Ben is one of Brazil's musical treasures. This upbeat song, with its blend of Brazilian and African rhythms, was released in 1976. It pays tribute to an African futbol player and the beautiful game. Let's put our hands together and join in! Joga Bonito!
Play ball, I want to play ball, ball player
Jump, jump, fall, get up, go up and get down.
Run, kick, find a hole, thrill and give thanks.
See how the whole city empties out
On this beautiful afternoon to watch you play.
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