Shakira vis­its grandma’s vil­lage in Le­banon

Gulf Times - - REGION/ARAB WORLD -

Colom­bian pop star Shakira yes­ter­day vis­ited the vil­lage in Le­banon where her pa­ter­nal grand­mother was born, an AFP jour­nal­ist said.

“Hello Tan­nourine, thank you, I am happy to be here!”, the 41-yearold singer said in Ara­bic dur­ing a visit un­der high se­cu­rity to the vil­lage of Tan­nourine in Le­banon’s moun­tain­ous north.

Ac­com­pa­nied by local of­fi­cials, Shakira vis­ited a na­ture re­serve that grows cedar trees — Le­banon’s na­tional em­blem — and planted two saplings.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, a small patch of the re­serve was named “Shakira Mubarak” — af­ter one of the singer’s fam­ily names, Tan­nourine’s mayor Ba­haa Harb said.

Later, she will kick off the Cedars In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val in Le­banon, a con­cert set to at­tract 13,000 peo­ple.

This is Shakira’s third visit to the coun­try. Her first visit came in 2003 and she re­turned in 2011 for a con­cert. The artist is in Le­banon with her two sons.

A hand­out pic­ture pro­vided by the Hon­orary Con­sulate of Le­banon in Bar­ran­quilla, Colom­bia, yes­ter­day shows Colom­bian singer Shakira hold­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque bear­ing her name dur­ing her visit to the north­ern Le­banese moun­tain vil­lage of Tan­nourine where her pa­ter­nal grand­mother was born.

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