If you manage to spend a night on the town without hearing tipsy revellers singing Waka waka, consider yourself lucky. Shakira’s FIFA World Cup anthem has taken over from the Black Eyed Peas hit, I got a feeling, as the city’s top party song, and is playing itself hoarse in every club and pub in the city.
“The moment Waka waka comes on, people go crazy,” mentions Rajesh Sharma of Elbo Room, Khar. “You find people singing along and dancing. In fact, they start cheering for Waka waka and we are forced to play it. You are likely to hear it almost three times a night.”
DJ Clement D’Souza of China House, Kalina, insists that he’s so tired of receiving requests for this song, that he only plays it if a regular demands it. He says, “I’m already fed up of playing this song. People don’t realise that we DJs hear the same song atleast seven times a week. I usually don’t entertain requests for it, unless the person asking is a regular and a good spender at the bar.”On the decline
He adds, "People still respond to I got a feeling but with a sense of nostalgia. Its popularity has decreased to the point that nobody would notice if we went an entire night without playing it."
DJ Willis of Firangi Paani, Andheri, insists that the maximum requests come from women. “Women love this song, and you’ll often see them trying to imitate Shakira’s dance moves when the song plays.”
But according to Soul Fry Casa owner, Meldon D’Cunha, the song has already overstayed its welcome. “I played it one night recently and a patron told me that if he heard it another time, he’d shoot me,” he laughs, adding, “During the World Cup, a lot of people had set the song as their ringtone. That’s why it got overused and now I think people are getting tired of hearing it.”