The Ball 2010

About this original series

The Ball 2010 travelled through Europe and Africa (Morocco, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa) to the World Cup Opening Ceremony. The Ball 2010 was made by the not-for-profit Alive & Kicking in Kenya. The Ball visited Special Olympics projects in Africa, meeting their athletes, coaches and supporters, playing many games of Unified Football and helping to break down negative stereotypes about the intellectually disabled.

Episodes of The Ball 2010

    • The Ball 2010 teaser

      An interlude: Africa10 edited together a little film to give an overall impression of the trip from the footage they had a chance to look at so far. We hope you like it.

      • Release date
        May 13, 2011
      • Runtime
        08:42
    • The Ball Day 53 - Meeting(s) in Ouagadougou

      A typical day in the life of The Ball involves high powered meetings around town. Today is no different as we follow The Ball's trips to meet political officials, get it's Ghana visa sorted before knocking out one more press conference to bring awareness on Special Olympics' amazing message and mission. This week's music is from our friends at Akwaaba Music with tracks from Mamou Sidibe with "Kassi" and then it's the Peace Singers of Adabraka Official Town with "Take Three." Finally it's a fav...

      • Release date
        Nov 17, 2010
      • Runtime
        04:18
    • The Ball Day 52 - Hello Burkina Faso

      It's been a little break from the escapdes of The Ball but it's back with another edition. We pick up the journey on Day 52 as the guys travel from Mali into Burkina Faso. Music in this EP is from our friends at Akwaaba Music, artist details to come shortly.

      • Release date
        Nov 8, 2010
      • Runtime
        04:11
    • The Ball Day 51 - Visiting the Dogon Country pt. 2

      Here is part 2 in Phil and Andrew's trip visiting the Dogon Country in Mali. Catch them stumbling across a village funeral procession before heading out to the hills for some sunset soccer action. Music in this EP from a The Ball favorite Iba Diabaté with "Wala Yalala" which you could download from here. Then we round out the EP with a track from Konteh Kunda and the great track "Jaraby" that you can download from here or from iTunes. Both artists from the ever expanding Akwaaba Music stable, ...

      • Release date
        Aug 26, 2010
      • Runtime
        02:57
    • The Ball Day 50 - Visiting the Dogon Country pt. 1

      Here is part 1 of a 2 part piece following The Ball as it journeys in the back country of Mali to the Dogon area searching for some off the beaten track football action. Music in this EP is from Akwaaba Music artists Baba Salah from Mali with "Borey," Alou Sangare with "Dugu Djeto," find the song here and check out the music video here. Then we have another spin for Mic'Mo Lion with "Niengo" and finally a track from the awesomely named Peace Singers of Adabraka Official Town with "Take Four".

      • Release date
        Aug 2, 2010
      • Runtime
        03:21
    • The Ball Day 49 - Mali, The world's largest Mud ...

      Yes you read it right, The Ball visits a beautiful mud mosque in Djenne, Mali, one of the largest of its kind in the world. You can find out more about this amazing building right here. Music in this EP is from Ghanaian Quabena Philip with "Wadaada Me," find the track from Akwaaba Music right here on Fairtizler. Also in this EP the second track you hear is from a favorite artist of us here, Iba Diabate with "N'nah." Find his latest album and the track featured right here at Bandcamp.

      • Release date
        Jul 29, 2010
      • Runtime
        03:42
    • The Ball Day 48 - Farewell Bamako

      The Ball says final goodbyes to friends made in Bamako as it heads off the beaten track ou route to Burkina Faso. This EP we have a great song from Mamou Sidibé and her new release on Akwaaba Music with "Mary" find the album on iTunes. ; Check it.

      • Release date
        Jul 22, 2010
      • Runtime
        03:10
    • The Ball Day 45 - Mali backtracking, hair braidi...

      Bus rides, hair braiding, and the spirit of football go hand in hand. The Ball continues its journey through Mali this time heading out on some backtracking through more remotes parts of Mali away from Bamako.Today's EP features music from Akwaaba Music artist Iba Diabate with "Dakan Tessa" listen and download the track at Bandcamp. The second track is from Mamou Sidibe with "Tounge" and you can find it on iTunes right here.

      • Release date
        Jul 19, 2010
      • Runtime
        03:26
    • The Ball Day 43 - Bamako Mali: The Ball is about...

      The Ball continues its travels in Mali experiencing the randomness that is The Ball's daily life. Music in this EP from Figura "Ze Bula" (Chancha via Circuito Remix) find the track right here. Next track is from Senegalese artist Rahmane Diallo with "Ndeye Fama" find some of their music here. The last track is from Mamou Sidibe with "Filalou" find the song here and more about this artist from Mali here at Akwaaba Music.

      • Release date
        Jul 14, 2010
      • Runtime
        02:32
    • The Ball Day 41 - Spreading the love in Mali

      The journey continues in Mali as The Ball works it's magic for the Special Olympics family bringing some much needed attention to children in need in Africa. Music this week is from Mali's very own Ahmedd Fofana with "Ngoni Kan" as well as Iba Diabaté with Mouna and we start off with Kofi Sammy's "Any trouble". Check out the artists and grab all these amazing African tunes!

      • Release date
        Jul 6, 2010
      • Runtime
        04:31