Vuvuzela: characteristics, price, and history of the ethnic musical instrument


Vuvuzela is a traditional South African instrument. Vuvuzela is the instrument that has been playing in the venue at the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. Due to the influence of the World Cup, this instrument has become a very well-known instrument. Vuvuzela is a very loud instrument that can be noisy, so be careful when handling it. Vuvuzela is a type of brass band with a simple straight structure that does not wind a tube.


The vuvuzela is a musical instrument that originated in South Africa. It was used for cheering during the 2010 World Cup match. It’s shaped like a trumpet and is very tight if you don’t have earplugs.

About the price

The price ranges from a few thousand yen to several tens of thousands of yen.

History of vuvuzela

There is a theory that vuvuzela was used by the founder of the South African church “Nazare Baptist Church” around 1910, but it is not certain. It was an instrument that the members of the church blew when praying. This instrument has been used in Brazil and other Latin American countries since the 1960s. Vuvuzela became popular in South Africa since the 1990s. Around this time, plastic products became the mainstream. Vuvuzela became popular in 2001 when it was mass-produced by a South African manufacturer and became cheaper to supply. And Vuvuzela became known around the world at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. Most South African venues heard the sound of vuvuzela, and I think more people were more interested in the sound of vuvuzela than the content of the match. The vuvuzela is a loud instrument that is not uncommon for conversations to be lost when many are being blown at once.

Characteristics of vuvuzela

Vuvuzela is an instrument that produces a very loud sound. The appearance of vuvuzela is a kind of brass band with a simple straight structure that does not wind a tube. It has a length of about 1m and is considered to be a type of brass instrument, but it is actually made of plastic. When you put it on your lips and vibrate your lips, you can make a monotonous sound like a fog whistle or an elephant barking. The narrower outlet of the vuvuzela tube is shaped like the “mouthpiece” of a brass instrument. By shaking the lips inside the mouthpiece, the air inside the tube of the instrument is shaken to make a sound. It has the same principle as brass instruments such as trumpets and horns. The disadvantage of this instrument is that it is loud anyway. Therefore, never use it in an apartment building. When a large number of vuvuzela ring, it makes noise, which is annoying to the neighborhood.

Vuvuzela song

Vuvuzela is used in traditional South African music, but it was also used in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


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