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South African Artist Aux Alaio Reveals Unpaid Royalties for Waka Waka Song

South African artist Aux Alaio took to Twitter on May 7 to share that he has not received his royalties for singing backup on the 2010 World Cup song “Waka Waka” with Shakira. The singer expressed his frustration on Twitter by stating, “Still haven’t received my royalties for singing backup on this song.”

Alaio was only 13 years old at the time of recording the song and is now a 26-year-old music composer and experimental artist. According to Iharare, the artist also mentioned that Shakira’s team was told they were AIDS orphans when they signed the contracts to sing backup for the “Waka Waka” song.

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Alaio further added, “The part that cracks me up is that Shakira’s team was told that we were AIDS orphans and they pounced on us! Booked us the finest hotels and we literally lived with Shakira for 2 weeks.” Although the artist admitted to not reading the contract thoroughly before signing, he still feels entitled to his share of the royalties and wants to be paid.

13-Year Anniversary of the “Waka Waka” Song

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The famous “Waka Waka” song, featuring Shakira and Freshly Ground, celebrated its 13th anniversary on May 7, as reported by Essentially Sports. The song was released on May 7, 2010, as the official theme song for the 2010 World Cup. Since then, it has received recognition and acclaim from fans and critics worldwide. The song’s music video on YouTube has garnered more than 3.5 billion views, and the single itself has sold over ten million copies globally.

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The impact of Shakira’s hit track can still be seen today, and it is still considered one of the greatest World Cup songs in history. “Waka Waka” has become an iconic song for football lovers and is often played at major sporting events worldwide.


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