Shakira, Wyclef, others thrill fans at World Cup closing

By Victor Akande
In Nigeria
Jul 14th, 2014
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Brazil’s famous Maracana Stadium, last night, resonated with high melodic energy, as sensational female singer, Shakira, serenaded fans with the hit song, ‘La la la (Brazil 2014).

The spectacular show preceded the final battle between Germany and Argentina, the two finalists in the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

Apparently, the song, owing to its popularity,got fans pumped up for the much-awaited final match. Fans were seen singing along with the artistes, as the camera panned around the stadium.

It was obvious many were acquainted with the “La La La” music video version, which features flags and fans from countries participating in the World Cup and athletes playing soccer during some portions of the clip.

Shakira was the headline artiste of the show for the third time running, having closed the curtains for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups in Germany and South Africa respectively.

The Colombian pop star singer performed her song with Brazilian star Carlinhos Brown,  with supporting acts such as Haiti-born Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana and Alexandre Pires doing “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)” – the World Cup’s official anthem.

Although Shakira’s native Colombia and hubby’s country, Spain, came short of the World Cup, it was obvious she sang from her heart. She and Spain defender Gerard Pique met when promoting her 2010 World Cup anthem, “Waka Waka — Time for Africa,” and the couple has an 18-month-old son, whom she brought to the stage after her performance.

Prior to her performance, Shakira, who is pregnant again, thanked football for changing her life. “I will never forget that I met the love of my life at the World Cup,” she said.

At another end of the stadium, Ivete Sangalo and Pires added homegrown zest, with a medley of famous Brazilian songs and a samba display by local Rio de Janeiro school pupils.

It was easy for Wyclef Jean to connect with Shakira with whom he had been acquainted, thereby making fans more enthusiastic.

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