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.


Dubai to celebrate Saudi National Day with horse parade, Saudi Cinema

Updated 18 September 2018
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Dubai to celebrate Saudi National Day with horse parade, Saudi Cinema

DUBAI: Dubai will host a grand parade at The Beach to celebrate Saudi National Day, with horses marching along with Saudi national melodies.

The parade which will take place on September 22 to 23, will also have a screening of award-winning short films by Saudi directors at Roxy Cinemas as part of the Saudi Cinema Weekend.

Saudi nationals visiting The Beach will also receive “surprises” at selected venues, event organisers said.