Shakira sings at “magical” cedars of Lebanon, land of her ancestors

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Colombian singer Shakira visits Tannourine Cedars Reserve, in Tannourine, Lebanon on Friday. (REUTERS)
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Colombian singer Shakira visits Tannourine Cedars Reserve, in Tannourine, Lebanon on Friday. (REUTERS)
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Colombian singer Shakira performs in the opening of the Cedars International Festival In Bcharre, Lebanon on Friday. (REUTERS)
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Colombian singer Shakira reacts during her visit to Tannourine Cedars Reserve, in Tannourine, Lebanon on Friday. (REUTERS)
Updated 14 July 2018
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Shakira sings at “magical” cedars of Lebanon, land of her ancestors

  • Shakira, who was born in Columbia to a Lebanese father and Columbian mother, first performed in Lebanon in 2011
  • Shakira planted a cedar tree at a nearby nature reserve

BCHARRE, Lebanon: Shakira performed at the ancient cedars of Lebanon on Friday in a mountaintop concert in the land of her ancestors.
The Colombian singer-songwriter delighted a crowd of thousands gathered under the stars near the “Forest of the Cedars of God” in northern Lebanon, where she said she was proud to be singing in the land of her grandparents.
“Lubnaaan! It’s amazing to be in this magical setting, it’s surreal, thank you so much for having me tonight,” she said after her opening songs, using the Arabic word for Lebanon.
“This means so much to me to be singing in the land of my grandparents,” she said. “I feel so proud of these cedars, so proud of my heritage and so proud of you,” said Shakira, 41, to cheers from the crowd.
Shakira, who was born in Columbia to a Lebanese father and Columbian mother, first performed in Lebanon in 2011.
Earlier in the day, she planted a cedar tree at a nearby nature reserve. The Forest of the Cedars of God and nearby Qadish valley are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Shakira performed songs from her 11th album, El Dorado, which was released last year as well as classic hits such as ‘Estoy Aqui’ and ‘Whenever, Wherever’. She also belly danced.
Part of a world tour, the Shakira concert marked the start of the Cedars International Festival, one of a number of music festivals hosted by Lebanon each summer.


Rumors intensify as Football superstars meet at Salt Bae restaurant in Dubai

Updated 18 November 2018
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Rumors intensify as Football superstars meet at Salt Bae restaurant in Dubai

  • Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba met and talked at steakhouse in Dubai, which is owned by the famous Salt Bae
  • Both were in Dubai during the international break

DUBAI: Football fanatics were going crazy over an unexpected meeting between Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba in Salt Bae’s steakhouse in Dubai.

Manchester United midfielder Pogba, who last week withdrew from a game due to a thigh injury, was enjoying a break in Dubai when he bumped into Barcelona legend Messi.

Pogba posted a video of himself enjoying a lavish steak meal at the Nusr-Et in Dubai, as Salt Bae performed his iconic steak-slicing act. He reportedly sat with Messi, as they both had a “deep conversation,” according to local Manchester media.

Their meeting was met with both excitement and speculations about the possible transfer of Pogba to Barcelona, as the 25-year-old struggles with his relationship with Man United’s Jose Mourinho.

Barcelona center-back Gerard Pique recently showed excitement at the potential transfer.

“We will be happy to have him here, obviously. We want the best players to be at Barcelona,” Pique said.

The Premier League resumes next weekend and Pogba is looking forward to be back, as Manchester United’s medical department had said his injury wasn’t serious.