Famous Lebanese /Colombian singer Shakira has publicly defended Arabs during one of her television interviews and stressed that Arabs are not terrorist and terriorism should not be associated with them. She added that she is honored that she is of Arab decent and that only a small percentage of Arabs have violent qualities as is the case anywhere around the world.
Shakira made this statement early this month on the CAC network and asserted that she always strives to show her pride in being half Arab and makes it a point to show it by the belly dances she performs in her concerts.
According to the London based Elaph, the singer clarified that there are a number of misconceived perceptions of Arabs and she feels it essential that the world understands that terrorism is not an Arab trait and violence cannot be generalized to include everyone in the Middle East.
Shakira has finally agreed after months of negotiations to hold a concert in Cairo. The Arab satellite channel Infinity and Egyptian FM radio station had previously invited Shakira to hold a performance in Egypt, but the singer had declined due to her busy schedule.
Negotiations were renewed this year and were successful, on the singer’s condition that the contract is signed through an international company.The singer explained that she set the stipulation so that her conditions will be met and she will be paid in full.
The international company that sponsored the concerts of Enrique Iglesias and Blue has contacted Shakira to arrange her first concert ever in Egypt.
Shakira enjoys great popularity among Egyptians, and attempts are underway to find an Egyptian or Arab singer to perform alongside her in the concert that is considered to be the highlight of the summer season.
Recently, the Music Production Company Rotana held negotiations with Shakira to hold concerts in Egypt and a number of other Arab countries, but to their dismay they did not reach an agreement.