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A Vuvuzela is a blowing horn, approximately one meter in length, commonly blown by fans at football matches in South Africa. They require some lip and lung strength to blow and emit a loud monotone like a foghorn or an elephant. Vuvuzelas have been controversial within the world of soccer because they can be distracting to players and coaches, and may also damage hearing.

Made originally out of tin, the vuvuzela became popular in South Africa in the 1990s. Well-known Kaizer Chiefs FC fan Freddie "Saddam" Maake claims to have invented the vuvuzela by adapting an aluminum version as early as 1965 from a bicycle horn after removing the black rubber to blow with his mouth. People would blow on a kudu horn to call villagers to a meeting. Adding to the appeal is South African folklore that "A baboon is killed by a lot of noise." During the last quarter of a match, supporters blow vuvuzelas frantically in an attempt to "kill off" their opponents.

Other possible spellings could include: vuvuzella, voovoozela, vuvusela, vuvusella, vuvu zella, vava zela, voo voo zela.
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review by . June 09, 2010
It's Vuvuzela Time!!!
Now that the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa is here I thought I'd share my opinion on the controversial horn that the South African Soccer fans blow at all the matches, the Vuvuzela.      As you know, the Vuvuzela is a long horn that when blown right can emit a loud sounds that some find... obnoxious. In fact after the Confederations Cup in South Africa last summer, FIFA had even talked about banning the Vuvuzela. FIFA decided not to place the ban because they realized …
review by . June 16, 2010
As annoying as the guy who bangs the drums incessantly at the Cleveland Indians game is, this "bee drone" noise is like having your teeth drilled at the dentist.  I look at the "fans" that are blowing these things and they look like mindless robots that are paying absolutely no attention to the game.   When people pass through security checkpoints at these games, why don't the security people confiscate these annoying devices.       …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
A wonderfully loud and annoying sound to show your excitement! I watched the final game on a jumbotron at a bar's block party. There were a handful of vuvuzelas, several people with a vuvuzela phone app, and me wishing I hadn't broke the one I got from a parade when I was 5 by pretending it was a sword.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Don't think that the Vuvuzela is only useful for futbol matches. A co-worker brought his bright green one to our championship bocce ball match last week. He was fan of the day for sure!
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
I don't know what I like more... the constant B Flat that echoes at all of the South Africa World Cup games or the fact that every European I've talked to thinks the Vuvuzela is the worse thing ever created (besides George Bush). Needless to say, many Euro's take themselves way too seriously.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
I don't mind 'em, but I know a few non-soccer fans who heard them during the Confed Cup and were very unhappy with the noises coming from the TV.
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
i was at Game 6 of the World Series in Anaheim when the Rally Monkey was at the top of his game and the use of Thunder Sticks was at an all time high. It was so loud, just thinking about it gives me a headache again. I can only imagine that South African horn is significantly louder than Thunder Sticks. I hope it helps the South Africa against Mexico this Friday and throughout the World Cup. I always like to root for the underdog.
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
woah! sounds like swarming bees when they all get going at once. that'll be intense for the players!!
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
Are you ready for the World Cup? Did you buy your Vuvuzela yet? Hands down one for the best "instruments" a soccer fan can get his hands on!
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