Grammy Award-winning singer Shakira is one of several well-known musicians slated to perform ahead of the 2014 World Cup’s closing ceremony in Brazil.
The 37-year-old pop star will perform her hit song “La la la (Brazil 2014)” on July 13 in Rio’s Maracana Stadium ahead of the tournament’s final match, FIFA said in a statement. The closing ceremony will also feature appearances by Santana, Wyclef Jean, Brazilian recording artist Ivete Sangalo and GRES Acadêmicos do Grande Rio, a dance school that specializes in samba.
"I'm thrilled to be performing my song ‘La la la (Brazil 2014)’ at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony," Shakira said. "I have an intricate relationship with football for obvious reasons, and I truly understand what the World Cup means to so many people, myself included. I just feel so grateful for the opportunity to come back to perform at the Closing Ceremony of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it feels right. The fans have shown the most incredible support for this song and I can't wait to perform it for them."
Wyclef Jean, a 44-year-old native of Haiti, also iterated his excitement for the upcoming performance. “To finally be performing at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (with all of these great artists) brings me right back to my earliest childhood years in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, when simply kicking a football around in my tiny little village was a privilege -- and an honour -- indicative of a young boy's right to dream and to someday be humbled by the fact that to obtain greatness means to refuse to live without accomplishing this feat,” he said.
The 2014 closing ceremony will mark the third time that Shakira has performed at the World Cup. She also made appearances at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2006 event in Germany, BBC reports.
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Colombia, Shakira’s home team, will face Brazil in the World Cup’s quarterfinal round on Friday. The match will air at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.