Waka Waka" isbased upon a traditional African soldiers' song named "Zamina mina(Zangaléwa)", a 1986 makossa hit for Cameroonian group Golden Sounds.Speculation is that Shakira learned of Zamina mina after Dominican Republicgroup Las Chicas Del Can released their merengue version of the song called “Elnegro no puede.
After the song wasofficially chosen as the anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Shakira said:"I am honored that 'Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)' was chosen to bepart of the excitement and the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup."
"Waka Waka"was written by Shakira and John Hill and co-produced by Hill. The track, whichsamples the chorus of "Zangaléwa", features Afro-Colombianinstrumentation, Soca beat and South African guitars. The song consists ofrhythmical African sounds, and is intended to represent the vitality and energyof the host continent. The song is set in the time signature of common time,with a metronome of 128 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of D major.