Title reference? Irvin Mayfield Jr. is the cultural ambassador of the city of New Orleans…and one hell of a trumpet player. That trumpet–or his Lucille–is the hand-crafted Elysian Trumpet, created to celebrate the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the city’s revitalization. Mayfield’s father perished in the disaster.
Mayfield plays the trumpet in his gigs and perhaps the best part of the trumpet’s burgeoning lore is the pageantry in how it travels. A older man, typically dressed in a black suit, travels as the official guard of the trumpet, and as I understand, the trumpet’s guard has deputized by the New Orleans police. It’s quite a regal sight.
The story of the vuvuzela is not as “storied.” The vuvuzela and the story of that specific South African stadium symphony of beers originated in the 1990s apparently when a Kaiser Chiefs F.C. fan adopted the horn used in Mexican games.
Recently TSG conducted a poll of your thoughts on the vuvuzela and the answers were decidedly split.
Here they are below:
And now our Jumble experts weigh in with their opinion. TSG simply asked….
4) Should the vuvuzelas be banned?
Neil Blackmon, senior writers, TheYanksAreComing.com
Absolutely not, unless of course Philadelphia Eagles fans are prepared to be banned by visiting South Africans when they are too drunk, or the USC Trojans Marching Band is banned from playing “Conquest” for an entire game by Canadians on holiday from Vancouver….I digress.
Aaron Stollar, sole proprietor The FightingTalker.com, BigSoccer Blog Network
The worst thing anyone can say about them is that they’re annoying. Well, so is the “official England band,” so are all Sounders fans and so are lots of things.
Yet, none of them should be banned either.
Annoying is an awfully low threshold to start banning stuff. The horns don’t hurt anyone and the constant English press-led whinining about them has been a terrible, if unsurprising, example of patronizing and snobbishness on the part of the English.
Richard Farley, ringleader EPLTalk.com
Cultural issues are a sticky wicket, and unless there is a very compelling reason for mandating that the South Africas forgo something they’ve incorporated into their game, I’d rather learn to deal with it. But, I also don’t find the noise at all offensive. I was far more perturbed about Thunder Sticks.
Connor Walsh, lead typist NinetyPlus, occasional TSG contributor
I propose a compromise, let them in during matches where an African team is playing, and ban them otherwise. I personally find them quite annoying. I want to hear the fans and chants and songs.
I’ve been in full support of the vuvuzelas for awhile, though I do concede that we’re missing out on the team chants and hearing the crowd exaltation or exasperation. I’m wondering if the problem isn’t the vuvuzelas themselves but the tourists that are blowing them whenever they feel like it.
Are they blown constantly during South African club games? That I don’t know.
I think if the South Africans fans have an issue with them then that’s one thing, but, if not, then they should be played. Period.