Five Shakira Music Videos You Probably Haven’t Seen Before
Colombian pop star’s video hits beyond “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Waka Waka”
We all know Shakira’s hit single “Whenever, Wherever” off her 2001 album Laundry Service which made her an immediate success in the English language charts. This, however, was her fifth album and she was already a commercial and critically acclaimed success among Latin American audiences. Here’s a look at some of the biggest hits in her native language, celebrating her Colombian roots.
A Latin pop track [“I’m Here” in English] with her signature belting vocals, this was the lead single from her third album Pies Descalzos and became her first music video in 1995. The video features her singing in the country side, strumming a guitar amidst changing seasons.
“Pies Descalzos, SueÃ±os Blancos”
Another single off Pies Descalzos, the video for this one features hard-hitting, satiric imagery. It switches between Shakira performing in different scenes, one of them being barren land which has legs sprung out of the ground. Her singing is interspersed with shots of people at a Venetian style ball, satirising the personas of high society. The video also shows a woman, dressed in leaves, eagerly munching at apples, hinting at the Biblical First Sin.
“Â¿DÃ³nde EstÃ¡s CorazÃ³n?”
Yet another single off her major label debut, this one has two music videos.
The first one shows Shakira performing in black and white, closing with a few shots in color, when she’s huddled contemplatively in an illuminated dress.
The second video features all kinds of settings ”“ from lounging on a red divan with pearls, playing guitar next to a waterfall, standing dejectedly amidst fire, a blonde man holding a burning book, Buddhist iconography and more.
Released as a single off her fourth studio album Â¿DÃ³nde EstÃ¡n los Ladrones? in 1998, an English version of the song titled “Eyes Like Yours” was incorporated on Laundry Service. The song itself was a shift from her previous album, with world music influences. The video concept also differs; instead of singing to a camera, she’s up on a stage with fiery red hair, belly dancing and snake-tattooed arms.
The only song on our list released after Shakira launched her English music career, this single featuring Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz is off her sixth studio album FijaciÃ³n Oral, Vol. 1, and remains Shakira’s most famous Spanish song. The video shows Sanz spying on Shakira, flashbacks of them as a couple, with shots of the pop star showing off her seductive dance moves while covered in black paint.