Monday, 30 May 2011


Shakira, Columbian pop singer, expressed her desire of wanting to sing in Arabic someday while speaking at a news conference in Morocco, where she was headlining the eight day 'Mawazine World Rhythms Music Festival' which concluded on Saturday May 28th.The festival had musicians and bands from over 60 countries. "It would be a challenge to do an album in Arabic. I would first have to learn Arabic. I am completely open to that experience. At some point I would love that to happen in my life" Shakira said. Born in Colombia of Lebanese origin, Shakira said she grew up listening to the Arab world's premier divas of the 20th century, Egyptian Umm Kalthum and Lebanese Fairuz. Shakira often uses belly dancing, in her acts, and her hit Spanish language single Ojas Asi relies heavily on a Middle Eastern melody. Her eastern origins and musical influences have made her popular throughout the Middle East and the World.

She admitted, however, that she only speaks a few words of Arabic, including 'ateeni boosa' or give me a kiss, provoking laughter among the mostly Moroccan crowd of journalists!

Shakira at the News Conference - Mawazine World Rhythms Music Festival, Morocco
Shakira at the News Conference, Morocco

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