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Shakira rocks the World Cup's Waka Waka with schoolkids in South Africa


Shakira-kids-web Shakira, the Colombian singer well known for her dancing as well as her efforts to promote early childhood education, visited a South African school Wednesday ahead of the Thursday concert kicking off soccer's World Cup, aiming to bring attention to 1Goal: Education for All -- and to rock the Waka Waka, the official World Cup dance. 

Students at the Isu-lihle primary school in Soweto, Johannesburg, got to meet the "Hips Don't Lie" singer and give the Waka Waka a whirl.

Click here to see top players helping make the music video -- it's embedded after the break -- or learn the dance yourself and, if you dare, take Shakira up on her challenge to upload a video of the results. C'mon, if the kids can ... ?

Admit it: This official dance is significantly less scary than ...

... the official mascots 2012 London Olympics.

Also scheduled to rock the opening ceremony: Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Juanes and a host of other artists and groups.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Shakira, top, dances with kids of the Isu'lihle Senior Primary School in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 9, 2010. At right, an excited boy watches through a fence with a group of other kids anticipating the pop star's arrival at their school. Credit: Yves Logghe / Associated Press.

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Comments () | Archives (5)

I'm so excited, I can't wait till tomorrow! :) I'm so gonna learn this though lol

Go ahead...shake like Shakira!...

You're a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
And back in the saddle

You're on the frontline
Everyone's watching
You know it's serious
We're getting closer
This isnt over

The pressure is on
You feel it
But you've got it all
Believe it

When you fall get up
Oh oh...
And if you fall get up
Oh oh...

Tsamina mina
Cuz this is Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa
This time for Africa

Listen to your god
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Dont wait in line
Y vamos por Todo

People are raising
Their Expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitations

Today's your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Believe it

If you get down
Get up Oh oh...
When you get down
Get up eh eh...

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa
This time for Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Ey!! Zat's too gr8t...Zis will b one of ze best Coupe Du Monde!..

shakira she has sexy body and nice song also best coreograph


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