Shakira Continues Her World Domination

Shakira just announced U.S. dates for her “She Wolf” tour! You can catch her at New York’s Madison Square Garden (September 21), Houston’s Toyota Center (October 8) or L.A.’s Staples Center (October 23) this fall and tickets go on sale Friday, May 7.

But before she hits U.S. soil, the pop star will perform the World Cup anthem, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” at the event’s closing ceremony in Johannesburg on July 11.

A collaboration with South African band Freshlyground, the song was met with controversy when it was released to radio stations last week in the host country. Some South Africans believe that an African artist should have been chosen to sing the tune and even called upon their president to do something. But others believe that the World Cup is about uniting people from different parts of the globe.

I think Shakira said it best: “The FIFA World Cup is a miracle of global excitement, connecting every country, race, religion and condition around a single passion. It represents an event that has the power to unite and integrate, and that’s what this song is about.”

Speaking of integration, Shaki has also been making headlines by protesting the Arizona anti-immigrant laws. Last Thursday, the singer met with Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon to discuss the bill’s impact and addressed local journalists by saying, “We have to stand against laws that teach our children intolerance and discrimination.”

Seriously, Shakira is every woman. Where does she find the time?! Here’s the World Cup Official Song, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” Tell us: What do you think about the song? Do you think she was the right person to sing it?

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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