Rotana convinces Shakira to sing in the Middle East
The Music Production Company Rotana has finally succeeded in convincing Lebanese-Colombian singer Shakira to hold concerts in Egypt and a number of other Arab countries. The contract states that the first live concert will be held during the month of July in Egypt at the Media Production City theater stage, which is where most live concerts are held.
According to the daily Al Jazeera, large advertising campaigns are currently taking place for the big event, and an international company will take on the responsibility of distributing tickets, which prices range between 5 to 7 thousand Egyptian pounds for Egyptians and one thousand for other Arabs. Prominent figures from around the Arab world will receive special invitations to the concerts and it has been revealed that a profit of over 20 million EGP is expected.
On a similar note, a Chinese company was also successful in obtaining the agreement of Shakira to sing in sever cities around China.
Shakira, who has gained international pop stardom, now has an international role as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund, according to UNICEF. Shakira is the first Colombian appointed and currently the youngest goodwill ambassador of the more than 100 celebrities from the worlds of film, music, sports and literature chosen for the honor over the past five decades, UNICEF said in a statement.
"UNICEF has done tremendous work in my home nation of Colombia and I have seen first-hand the difference UNICEF makes," Shakira said. "It's rewarding to know that I can join such a great list of stars supporting UNICEF and can personally contribute to improving the lives and future of children."
Shakira's focus will be to help UNICEF encourage children to go to school, the agency added. Shakira whose full name is Shakira Izabel Mubarak Ripoli was born in 1977 in Barranquilla, a Columbian coastal city. Her father, William Mubarak is a Lebanese American who was born in New York to a family of Christian immigrants from Lebanon. -Albawaba.com
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