x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Shakira miming claims following Yas Island concert

There were 15,000 fans at Shakira's April 29 concert on Yas Island as the screen appeared to show lips were out of synch with music.

15,000 watched Shakira's Yas Arena show at the weekend. Karim Sahib /AFP
15,000 watched Shakira's Yas Arena show at the weekend. Karim Sahib /AFP

ABU DHABI // Her hips, according to her chart-topping hit, don't lie. But after Friday night's sell-out concert on Yas Island some Shakira fans were left debating whether the Colombian singer's lips might have been misleading.

The fiery star played to a packed audience of 15,000 in Yas Arena, her second appearance in Abu Dhabi in as many years. But video screen footage appeared at times to show the star's lips moving out-of-synch with her songs.

It is understood that a technical glitch in the camera feed likely caused a delay in the video, leaving the impression that Shakira was lip synching.

But some fans had made up their minds.

"Shakira in yasisland UAE was lip singing [sic] ... It was horrible. What a shame," said one Twitter user, Zack083, on his feed shortly after the concert had ended. "Shakira and lipsync should be trending in the uae [sic] now," he added.

Popon Malone, a 36-year-old housewife from Jakarta, Indonesia, had no such reservations. She thought the concert was "brilliant" and that the singer's voice was "really good".

"She was late coming on stage, but once she started performing, I forgot all about that," she said.

It was Shakira's second visit to the capital since she performed in 2008 at the Emirates Palace new year celebrations. Following the concert, Shakira, who was supported by the popular Egyptian singer Amr Diab, left for Milan where she was due to perform the following night.

Friday's concert follows recent shows by Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton, among others. The concert season concludes on Friday with the rapper Snoop Dogg.

 

zalhassani@thenational.ae