If you don't know what a vuvuzela is, you will soon. It is a long, trumpet-like instrument made of plastic, which has been used by fans at the Confederations Cup in South Africa to [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie4-ppnsx20"]make a din [/ame]so horrific that even [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOnh6sQRhRs&feature=related"]television coverage[/ame] is almost insufferable. It sounds like a platoon of ninja bumblebees with a bad mobile signal have left you a 45-minute answerphone message. Or like your ears have developed the ability to filter out all sound except for that produced by Vespa scooters, to which they have become incredibly sensitive. Some people say the vuvuzela originates in a tribal instrument made from the horn of the kudu, blown to summon villagers to important meetings. Others say the vuvuzela originates in a plastics factory in China. The truth is unclear. "I think they should be banned," says Liverpool's Xabi Alonso, who has been experiencing the full vuvuzela treatment while playing for Spain. "We're used to people shouting but not to this trumpet noise which doesn't allow you to concentrate and is unbearable. They make it very difficult for the players to communicate with each other. They are a distraction and do nothing for the atmosphere." Fifa, however, ruled out a ban last week after the host nation –who had featured the horns prominently in their [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc4xWSQxYRw"]advertising campaign [/ame]for the event – protested that they were essential for "an authentic South African footballing experience". My take: Hapa ndo wazungu wajue kuwa wapo Africa na si Ulaya, haya matarumbeta sisi tumeyazoea, they just have to put up with them, its part of ushangiliaji ie kidedea ya simba, wasitake tuendeshe mashindano kwenye bara letu kama wanavyotaka wao, its our culture.