Maware Maware

"Maware Maware"
Maware Maware Remix.png
Song by Misia featuring M2J and Francis Jocky
from the album Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album and Soul Quest
  • RMT Studio
  • Studio Terra
  • Quad Recording Studios
LabelAriola Japan
  • M2J

"Maware Maware" (lit. "Spin, Spin", stylized as "MAWARE MAWARE" in Japan) is a song recorded by Japanese singer Misia featuring Muro and JP, cred under the pseudonym M2J, and French-Cameroonian singer Francis Jocky.[1] The song was released through the official soundtrack of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album,[1] making Misia the first Asian artist to contribute a song for a FIFA album.[2]


The song was first released on the Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album on May 31, 2010.[2] It was later included on Misia's tenth studio album, Soul Quest (2011). A remix by DJ Gomi was released digitally on May 25, 2011, simultaneously with the single "Kioku", on which it is included as a first pressing bonus track.


"Maware Maware" is primarily sung by Misia in English. Jocky sings the bridge in Duala, one of the various languages of Cameroon. The chorus features Misia incorporating six greetings in various languages, including English ("Hello"), Japanese ("Konnichiwa"), Swahili ("Jambo!"), Spanish ("Hola"), French ("Bonjour"), and Zulu ("Sawubona"). The music video also features this greeting motif and other greetings in Portuguese ("Boa Tarde") and Chinese ("Ni Hao") shown in 3D art.


The first performance of "Maware Maware" was held at a Sony make.believe showcase in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo on May 10, 2010. The song was later performed in another Sony showcase held in South Africa, right before the Japan vs Cameroon match on June 14, 2010.[3] The music video premiered the following day.[3] Misia opened every show of her Hoshizora no Live VI Encore 2010 International Year of Biodiversity concert tour with "Maware Maware".[4] She also performed the song during her The Tour of Misia Soul Quest tour.

Chart performance[]

"Maware Maware" debuted at number 87 on the Billboard Japan Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart.[5] The song peaked the following week at number 55.[6]

Crs and personnel[]



Chart (2010) Peak
Japan Hot 100 (Billboard)[6] 55
Japan Hot Top Airplay (Billboard)[8] 47

Japanese version[]

"Maware Maware"
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Single by Misia featuring Doudou N'Diaye Rose
ReleasedMay 29, 2013 (2013-05-29)
LabelAriola Japan
Misia singles chronology
"Back in Love Again"
"Maware Maware"
"Shiawase o Forever"
Audio sample
"Maware Maware"

In 2013, Misia recorded a Japanese version of "Maware Maware" featuring Senegalese drummer Doudou N'Diaye Rose.[9] The song was released in support of the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-V) on May 29, 2013.[9] A portion of the proceeds from the song went towards providing mosquito nets to children for malaria prevention.[9]


  1. ^ a b "MISIA、FIFA公式アルバムで世界デビュー". Barks (in Japanese). June 13, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "MISIAがW杯公式アルバムにアジア代表歌手として参加". Natalie (in Japanese). June 3, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "MISIAが南アフリカで3DPV初公開&アジア代表ソング熱唱". Natalie (in Japanese). June 15, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "MISIAの野外ライブ映像発売!初回盤にはCOP10公式ソング". Natalie (in Japanese). October 12, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Soul Quest (Booklet). Misia. Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan: Ariola Japan. 2011. 4988017677391.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c "MISIA新曲本日配信開始、アフリカの子どもたちへ蚊帳をプレゼント". Natalie (in Japanese). May 30, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2018.