Shakira visits South African school ahead of football WC
JOHANNESBURG: A group of South African students showed Shakira how their hips don''t lie when they danced to the rhythm of the African drum Wednesday while the singer was visiting their suburban elementary school south of the city.
The Colombian pop star came to the Isu''lihle school, on the narrow, sinewy streets of the suburb of Soweto, to promote the 1Goal initiative, which urges world leaders to make education a political priority to improve the quality of life around the globe.
Shakira is among the artists performing Thursday at the World Cup Kickoff Concert. Juanes, Alicia Keys and the Black Eyed Peas are also slated to perform.
The schoolgirls, in red and black printed dresses, began to dance the Zulu "Indlamu" as soon as Shakira came through the school''s doors.
The dancing continued with a performance from a local dance troupe, Youth Stand Together. They demonstrated the "Gumboot dance," with choreography inspired by South African miners who finish their workday with a mix of celebration and vigorous physical movements that help keep them in shape.
Later, sitting at a desk with a group of students, Shakira told stories of her elementary school days.
"The first two days, when my mom brought me to school, I cried," she said. "But later I told her, ''I''m OK mom. I like it.''"
Next, it was off to the school''s field, where she thanked the students for their performances by teaching them a few steps of "Waka Waka," the official song of the World Cup. For a moment, everyone danced together to the beat of the drum.