Shakira is out with a ‘Waka Waka’ dance compilation for 1Goal, which aims for every child in the world having access to education. Featured in the video are several fans of the Colombian pop singer doing the dance, as well as Shakira teaching the moves to students and a contribution from her ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ collaborator Wyclef Jean. Watch it via YouTube below.
Colombian pop star Shakira visits Soweto school children ahead of her World Cup performance. “I wish that every kid in the world has a happy childhood and access to a quality education,” she told the students and media. Shakira also led the students in the ‘Waka Waka’ dance. Watch an ITN report below.
Shakira is out with the video for her song ‘Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)’, featuring Freshlyground, which serves as the official song of the FIFA World Cup 2010 – which starts on Friday. The song is featured on ‘Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album’, out now on Epic Records. The World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert, featuring Shakira, will be shown live online at worldcup.vevo.com on June 10th at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Shakira is out with footage from the making of her ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’ music video. The Colombia pop singer’s single serves as the official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song. The clip features comments from Shakira, South Africa soccer player Lloyd Kinnear, choroegrapher Hi Hat, assistant choreographer Dante Corday, Jim Hays of Pace HD, and more. “It was an exciting video to make,” Shakira says after filming. “I think because it brings the concept of integration and tolerance. I think it is a powerful message. This last scene was very emotional as well. We all said together, ‘We’re all Africa.'” Watch it via YouTube below.
The morning before she set out to visit Phoenix over concerns that Arizona’s new state law cracking down on illegal immigration will lead to racial profiling, Shakira visited ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ to talk about her plan of action. “As a Latina, I’m very concerned how this law can impact working Hispanic families,” the Colombian pop star told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM morning show. “I think that being detained in the street just because of the color of your skin is just wrong, and it’s a violation of human and civil rights.” Watch the interview via Ryan’s YouTube channel below.
Shakira blogged about her experience visiting Haiti last weekend for the Huffington Post. The singer, activist and founder of the Barefoot Foundation writes:
This past Sunday I visited Haiti. Never before had I seen a place with this level of destruction. They have been left with no infrastructure: water, sanitation, electricity, schools or hospitals, and 86 percent of the population is unemployed with one million eight hundred thousand people displaced.
I saw mothers who lost their children, children who lost their parents, women who have lost their entire families forever. I saw a country that lost nearly everything, but somehow, still has its strength. I will forever remember the gaze of men and women who, despite everything, do not feel defeated.
Check out the entire story here.
Shakira posted the following message on her official web site at Shakira.com on Thursday (March 25):
Today I join the call to action by Gloria Estefan to support the Ladies In White, who are true heroines of our time, exemplars of female courage and victims of the repression and violation of human rights in Cuba. I hope that this rising up for the freedom of all political prisoners and respect for human rights will reach the very heart of all the tyrants and that above all, plants seeds of liberty in all the young people of the world, because it is us who justice depends on.
Shakira is out with the video to her latest single ‘Gypsy’, with tennis star Rafael Nadal playing the Colombian pop singer’s love interest. The song is the fourth release off her third English album ‘She Wolf’, out now on Epic Records. Watch the Jaume de Laiguana directed video via Yahoo! Music below.
Shakira discussed with ‘On The Record’ host Greta Van Susteren the importance of investing in Early Childhood Development policies in an interview aired Tuesday (February 23). Asked about what drives the singer to be so interested in early childhood development, the Colombian pop singer said:
I grew up in the developing world. I grew up seeing a great deal of injustice and inequality and feeling very frustrated about it and wanting to change things somehow, even if it was in a very small way. So when I was 18-year-old I started my own foundation in Colombia, Barefoot Foundation. And since then we’ve been providing education and nutrition and building schools for kids who live in areas of conflict. Right now we have 6,000 kids in Colombia, we built six schools, and we continue to bill more. But especially to provide support to the community, not only the kids but also the families. So this is something that keeps me passionate because it is so exciting to see the results, to see that money spent on education is money well spent.
Watch the interview via FoxNews.com below.
Shakira met with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House on Monday (February 22) to discuss their shared interest in early childhood development and universal education.
“It was such a privilege to sit down with the President in the Oval Office to discuss our shared commitment to education and early childhood development,” the singer said in a story posted at her official web site. “We agreed that investing in our children is the smartest strategy governments can use to boost economic growth, fight poverty, and promote global security and peace. We will be working closely with the President and his staff to implement his vision—for Latinos, children in the United States, and around the world.”
“I briefed the President on the progress made this year through ALAS with the heads of state of Latin American governments, and explained that we have made early childhood development a central topic of discussion during the next Ibero-American Summit to take place in Argentina later this year.”