In a winning World Cup closing show joyful enough to cheer up Brazilian fans mourning the performance of their national team, Shakira came onto the stadium field in Rio singing “Dare (La,La,La).”
Playing a Carnaval drum and wearing a red dress made up of sequined straps with a revealing fringe skirt, she was accompanied by samba dancers, Brazilian percussionists and collaborator Carlinhos Brown, in black tie and an Indian headdress.
Shakira was immediately followed by Santana, Wyclef and Alexandre Pires, who gave a spirited live performance of the official World Cup anthem “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find a Way).”
Shakira, Santana and company were definitely the winners as far as official World Cup music is concerned. The upbeat closing show was a sharp contrast to Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez tepid performance at the World Cup opening on June 12, which was later criticized for everything from audio malfunctions to the rise of Pitbull’s pants.
After the unprecedented success of her 2010 World Cup South Africa anthem “Waka Waka,” Shakira made a bid for this year’s World Cup with the “Brazil 2014” version of her single “Dare.” The song was not awarded official FIFA song or anthem status but was included as a cut on the World Cup album. The video posted on Shakira’s Vevo channel has more than 220 million views, besting Pitbull’s “We Are One,” which has almost 189 million.
Picked from Billboard