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13th Jun 2018

Eight years since the vuvuzela, Russia have unveiled their official musical instrument for this year’s World Cup

Rory Cashin


Warning: this article contains footage of a vuvuzela being played. And we’re sorry about that.

Remember the 2010 World Cup, when all of South Africa sounded like Hans Zimmer was leading a nationwide orchestra composed entirely of bees?

If not, let this snippet have all those memories come rushing back to you, and most likely trigger some kind of PTSD in the majority of soccer fans:

Clip via SW17ChelseaSG

Yes, it was just as bad as we remembered.

Well, Russia have unveiled their official noise-maker for this year’s World Cup, and it does seem a little more low-key.

The old school wooden spoons – or Lazkhas – are being mass produced for attendees to use throughout the game, according to a report by ABC News.

For a taster of what one person playing with his Lazkha sounds like, check this out:

Clip via Пашка Юрченко

The designer of the ‘Spoons Of Victory’ (his title, not ours), Rustam Nugmanov got government backing to produce a line of coloured and branded spoons have been recognised as the tournament’s official instrument, stating:

“When we were choosing an instrument which is typically Russian and which reflects Russian cultural values, we had a choice of three: a treshchotka, a caxriola and a lozhka.”

Wanting to come up with something that didn’t sound quite like anything before, and with the treschotka and caxriola not too dissimilar to what we heard in South Africa, and then four years later in Brazil, he went with something that allowed those in the crowd to create a clap-along sound, which brought them to the lozkha.

What over 80,000 people using that instrument at once during the World Cup Final on Monday 16 July will sound like is anyone’s guess, but it can’t be worse than the vuvuzela… can it?

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