RUSTENBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - Uruguayan singer Jaime Roos is famous for the tune that greets soccer players when they walk onto the pitch at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo, and a new vuvuzela-inspired song could be on the cards.
Composed 19 years ago, ‘Vamo Arriba La Celeste’ (Come on the light blues) is as well known throughout Latin America as the aging performer, but ahead of his country’s 1-0 World Cup win over Mexico on Tuesday he told Reuters he is not done yet.
“If we bring the cup home, I will write a new song full of vuvuzelas. You need an orchestra of them but you have to make them low pitched otherwise you go mad,” he said of the controversial droning horns.
Despite the vuvuzela-dominated atmosphere at the World Cup matches in South Africa, Roos is having the time of his life getting up close and personal with his countrymen, who have twice lifted the World Cup trophy in 1930 and 1950.
“I was in Korea and Japan (for the 2002 World Cup) and I have a lot of affection with all the football (soccer) people, the Uruguayan Association and the players, so I could not miss this for the world.
“To experience a World Cup from the inside is pure adrenaline and at the same time it’s very mystic. It’s a crazy magical, mystery tour. I am privileged to be here.”
Roos said he was in South Africa making a documentary of his “crazy” road trip with his Dutch son, and has since fallen in love with the country.
“The only thing I can say about this country is that the people are wonderful. Everybody in every city,” he smiled.
When Roos began to talk about soccer and his team’s chances he was similarly upbeat.
“These are magical days. Our team is playing football man, real “de la plata” (classical Uruguayan) football. They don’t just run after the ball,” he said emphatically, singling out marksman Diego Forlan.
“Forlan is a criminal, he’s a killer. If you give him two seconds you’re dead,” the singer said.
Editing by Paul Casciato