Shakira concludes Mawazine World Rhythms Festival
RABAT - Colombian pop star Shakira concluded Saturday Morocco’s 10th-annual Mawazine World Rhythms Festival in style after eight days of music that saw bands from 60 countries, including Kanye West, Lionel Ritchie, Joe Cocker, Quincy Jones and Youssou N’Dour.
Shakira’s first concert in Morocco drew tens of thousands of fans to the main stage of Mawazine - OLM Souissi in Rabat.
The concert reached its climax when Shakira performed ‘Waka Waka’ the official song for the World Cup football in South Africa.
On Friday, Legendary R&B singer Lionel Richie captivated the audience with his extensive catalogue of hits, including “Say You, Say Me,” “Endless Love,” “All Night Long,” and “Hello.”
“One thing God blessed me with is the gift of my writing,” Richie told the press before his show. “I find myself traveling around the world and I live with the entire world. When I walk into any place; I’ve never been there before, the people say “Hello…Is it me you’re looking for [Laughs].” The interesting part about it is, when I walk into a room, everyone smiles, everyone has a story. Whether they’re in very difficult times of their lives or happy times…they smile. So if I can bring hope, which is the most important thing of life to me… then I’m the proudest person in the world.”
Kanye West gave an inspiring performance before the crowd at the festival with set of tracks from his latest release “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantas.”
The Mawazine World Rhythms Festival was free and open to the public except VIP tickets
The Festival was organized to bring the world's top artists together in the name of global peace.