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Music meme, part seventeen

Day 17 - A song that you hear often on the radio

Very difficult. I prefer to play my own music. iTunes on the computer, a YouTube selection at work (when possible), old fashioned tapes in the car. Only occasionally I listen to the radio. What song did I hear often recently?

I think I'll go with Shakira. Over a decade ago I was introduced to a Colombian singer. I liked her. She wrote her own songs, made a few albums and was incredibly popular in the countries I was traveling at the time, all Caribbean and Central American. I compared her to Alanis Morrissette, but with more soul. More latin influence obviously. Much better looking as well. One of the songs I liked was Ojos asi (the unplugged version).

Many years later some of my students talk about Shakira and I listen to a song in English. I had read interviews with her, she couldn't speak a word of English. I couldn't believe this was the same girl I was listening to in 1999. It was. She had learned the language and scored a huge hit across the world with Whenever, wherever. It was the last time I bought an album by her.

Too far away from the original music. Too much production. Too much marketing. There wasn't much to like about her anymore.

This summer she was asked to sing the song for the World Cup 2010. It was Waka waka, it is still on the radio sometimes. Just not my music anymore.



Shakira - Waka waka

You're a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
And back in the saddle

You're on the frontline
Everyone's watching
You know it's serious
We're getting closer
This isnt over

The pressure is on
You feel it
But you've got it all
Believe it

When you fall get up
Oh oh...
And if you fall get up
Oh oh...

Tsamina mina
Zangalewa
Cuz this is Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa
This time for Africa

Listen to your god

This is our motto
Your time to shine
Dont wait in line
Y vamos por Todo

People are raising
Their Expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitations

Today's your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Believe it

If you get down
Get up Oh oh...
When you get down
Get up eh eh...

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa
This time for Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
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