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Shakira, singer makes 3rd World Cup appearance


07-14-2014 00:18 BJT

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Colombian pop singer Shakira, who is dating Spanish footballer Gerard Pique, will take to the stage with Brazil's Carlinhos Brown to sing her "La La La (Brazil 2014)" at Rio's Maracana stadium.

Colombian pop singer Shakira appearances at the closing ceremony.

Colombian pop singer Shakira appearances at the closing ceremony.

It will be Shakira's third consecutive appearance at the closing ceremony. She will perform alongside Brazilian percussionist and singer Carlinhos Brown, ahead of the final between Germany and Argentina.

Shakira started her career in Brazil and made her name with the album "Barefoot", which sold nearly a million copies in that country alone.

"One of the reasons that makes me feel so excited about being here is the fact that it's Brazil, it's my Brazil." Shakira said, "I love this country with passion and just because I started my career here a long time ago and from the beginning Brazilians have been one of my biggest supporters and I just feel so identified with this culture. I feel a little bit Brazilian too."

Guitarist Carlos Santana, hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean and singer Alexandre Pires will perform the official anthem of the 2014 World Cup, "Dar Um Jeito," Portuguese for "We Will Find a Way".

"I'm really excited and really looking forward to tomorrow and to what it's going to be like." Shakira said, "I know it's going to be a beautiful ceremony and the fact I'm going to be cheering on the stage with colleagues that are so talented and so, so strong at what they do and represent people, represent the dreams and hopes of people; I'm just honoured and thrilled to be a part of this."

The closing ceremony will also feature a samba performance from a Rio school that participates yearly in the city's famous Carnival celebrations.

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