Gearing Up for World Cup 2014: Wavin’ Flag

June 10th, 2014

World Cup 2014 is almost here and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

I will be incorporating World Cup-related music into my Zumba classes all World Cup long (June 12 – July 13, 2014). The third song I’m including is again from FIFA World Cup 2010 and it is Wavin’ Flag by K’naan. I know it as the “World Cup Flag Song.” The laid back beats of this song work best as a warm up or cool down. Check out the video if you like. The lyrics are very symbolic and inspirational as well:

Give me freedom, give me fire, give me reason, take me higher
See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud

In the streets our heads are lifting, as we lose our inhibition,
Celebration, it’s around us, every nations, all around us

Singing forever young, singing songs underneath that sun
Let’s rejoice in the beautiful game,
and together at the end of the day.
We all say,

[Chorus:]
When I get older
I will be stronger
They’ll call me ‘Freedom’
Just like a wavin’ flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, and then it goes…

Born to a throne, stronger than Rome
But violent-prone, poor people zone,

But it’s my home, all I have known,
Where I got grown, streets we would roam

Out of the darkness, I came the farthest
Among the hardest survival
Learn from these streets, it can be bleak,
Accept no defeat, surrender retreat

[Bridge:]
So we strugglin’
Fightin’ to eat
And we wonderin’
When we’ll be free
So we patiently wait
For that fateful day
It’s not far away,
But for now we say:

[Chorus]

So many wars, settlin’ scores,
Bringing us promises, leaving us poor,

I heard them say, love is the way
Love is the answer, that’s what they say

But look how they treat us, make us believers
We fight their battles, then they deceive us

Try to control us, they couldn’t hold us
‘Cause we just move forward like Buffalo soldiers

[Bridge]
[Chorus]

KNAAN Wavin Flag

Zumba in the Circuit Playlists for Curves

April 17th, 2011

Here are the Zumba in the Circuit playlists I have put together for my ZITC workouts at Curves to date. I used the free Audacity sound-editing software and every one minute, school bells ring to cue participants to move to the next station. Enjoy!

Format: Song (Artist) – Style

Zumba in the Circuit 1
Obsesion (Aventura) – Warm Up Bachata
Suavemente (Elvis Crespo) – Merengue
La Bamba (Los Lobos) – Salsa
Bidi Bidi Bom Bom (Selena) – Cumbia
Mundian Te Bach Ke (DJ Punjabi) – Bhangra
Baila Pa Emociona (Zumba Fitness) – Calypso
Matilda, Matilda (Harry Belafonte) – Mambo
Volare (The Gipsy Kings) – Flamenco
Stand By Me (Prince Royce) – Cool Down Stretch

Zumba in the Circuit 2
Oye Como Va (Santana) – Warm Up Cha Cha
Waka Waka (Shakira) – Tribal
Mambo Italiano (Wiseguy Orchestra) – Mambo
La Vida Es Un Carnaval (Zumba Fitness) – Salsa
Hot Hot Hot (Buster Poindexter) – Merengue
Kiss Kiss (Zumba Fitness) – Bellydance
Don’t Speak Spanish My Love (Zumba Fitness) – Bachata
In Heaven (Da’ville) – Cool Down Stretch

Zumba in the Circuit 3
Dame Un Tiempo Mas (Zumba Fitness) – Warm Up Cumbia
Asereje (Las Ketchup) – Salsa
Pa’mayte (Zumba Fitness) – Calypso
Ca Plan Por Moi (Plastic Betrand) – Merengue
Boro Boro (Zumba Fitness) – Bhangra
Jump in the Line (Harry Belafonte) – International
Dance the Night Away (The Mavericks) – Salsa
Zorba (Zumba Fitness) – Greek Traditional
(Take Me Home) Country Roads (Toots & the Maytals) – Cool Down Stretch

Zumba in the Circuit 4
I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas) – Warm Up Merengue
Baila Esta Cumbia (Zumba Fitness) – Cumbia
African Beats (Zumba Fitness) – Tribal
Here Comes My Baby (The Mavericks) – Salsa
Danca Da Maozinha (Zumba Fitness) – Samba
Cumbia Arabe (Zumba Fitness) – Bellydance/Cumbia
Save the Last Dance (Michael Buble) – Cha Cha
Maria Maria (Santana) – Cool Down Stretch

An Open Letter to the Zac Brown Band

August 26th, 2010

Dear Zac Brown Band,
If there was a clean version of Toes available to the public, I would use it in my Zumba classes.

Thank you,
Rencsi

I was looking for a fun end-of-summer song to add to my Zumba playlist and I decided on Toes by the Zac Brown Band. I had the choreography ready to go. All I needed was a clean version of the song…

No such luck – there isn’t one. The clean version made available to radio stations is not available to the public.

I’m all for free speech, but I can’t blast the word “ass” over a loud speaker system to a captive audience of all ages. So Toes is a no-go and I’m sad.