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Shakira's Tour Of The Mongoose
By Alejandra Hanabergh
Colombian rock star Shakira has crossed the
border and is ready for her first U.S. English speaking tour.
After several months of TV appearances, radio interviews, and
award show performances, "Shaki", as her loyal fans have
nicknamed, her will show her old and new fans what she is all
On Nov. 2, I saw first hand what this young rock
star has to show the world at a free, private dress rehearsal
concert for 3,000 family members, close friends, and press. Her
Tour of the Mongoose is the one concert of the year you do not
want to miss!
The stage was set and the curtain drop was
designed with that of a mongoose and cobra head to head about to
engage in a battle of the fittest. While the band began to warm up
the crowd, the curtain was pulled aside as smoke began to fill the
arena. On the screen behind the stage there was a short black and
white film of what seemed to be something out of the Discovery
channel: A mongoose and a cobra engaged in a battle as the words
To be continued appeared on the bottom as the scene faded out.
Shakira emerged from the belly of a 30-foot
cobra wearing black leather pants, a black crop top, and a sheer
netted black sequence coat. With her blonde hair now cut a bit
shorter and her eyes focused on the crowd in front of her, you
could hear whistles and clapping encouraging her to perform.
Screams of "I love you Shakira!" and "Viva
Colombia!" could be heard from all directions. The energy in
the room grew to impatience and the crowd chanted "Shakira!
She began the set with Ciega, Sordomuno (Blind,
deaf-mute) one of the songs off her junior album Donde Estan Los
Ladrones and instantly you could feel the energy projected by this
sensational Latina. Running, jumping, moving her hips and body,
Shakira knows how to work the stage. She moved from one side to
another getting as close to her fans as she possibly could and
giving them more of a performance then they would have graciously
paid for. After a few more songs she greeted the audience and,
because there is much speculation about the tour's title, she
said, "Before I go on, I just wanted to make it clear that I
am not the mongoose or the snake."
So what's the meaning behind this reference?
That's something you will have to figure out by going to see the
show on Dec. 2 at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami.
Promoting and supporting her English debut album
Laundry Service, Shakira will be performing songs such as
Objection, Underneath Your Clothes, Poem to a Horse, Ready For The
Good Times, and the number one hit which put her in every radio or
TV across the U.S., Whenever, Wherever along with many others and
a couple of surprise remakes from bands such as AC/DC and
Although this tour is meant to introduce the
Colombian rock star to the U.S., old fans shouldn't be
disappointed as the props and outfits changed, so did the music.
Shakira's set list included songs off her debut album Pies
descalzos, such as Estoy Aqui, which she performed similar to the
MTV Unplugged appearance, and a duo of Un Poco de Amor with
keyboard player Lester Mendez adding that reggae feeling. She also
sang a few songs from her junior album, Donde Estan Los Ladrones,
such as Inevitable, Que Vuelvas and Ojos Asi, which allowed us to
get a look at her Lebanese background and belly dancing.
One of these songs sent chills down my spine.
Octavo Dia, the Eighth Day, a song she wrote for her beloved
country Colombia, and the struggle of war within its borders. The
moving song describes how, on the eighth day, God decided to take
the day off after creating the world, comes back to find his
creation a disaster. Towards the end of the show, with just a
spotlight on her, Shakira stood in center stage and said,
"Pop stars shouldn't stick their noses into politics...I
know. But this is not about politics or politicians, this is above
that. This is about love."
The spotlight faded out and the lights came up
on the band who were wearing masks of our world leaders as the
jumbo screen behind them showed Saddam Heusein and President Bush
playing a game of chess.
This part of the show left tears in the eyes of
the people around me and made me feel as though we need to make
change in the way we view life. If just one artist can make you
see the truth of such situations, then they have gone far out of
their way to open those doors. Shakira has definitely made that
trip to my mind, body soul within a matter of five minutes.
Shakira is not just a singer or performer. She
also writes her own lyrics, melodies and treatments for the songs.
She believes in writing from deep within her soul. By the age 15
this young girl was capturing people with her distinctive voice
and music. Now 23, she is determined to cast a spell on the U.S.
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