It’s been ten years since Shakira released “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” but the gifts for the song keep on giving.
At the time of its release, the song by the Colombian singer-songwriter peaked at number one on record charts of fifteen different countries. Ten years later, Shakira and her fans are celebrating the news on how the “Waka Waka” video just crossed 2.5 billion views on YouTube.
The singer shared the news with her fans on Instagram and Twitter.
The “Magia” singer wrote in a tweet “You guys really are amazing. Thank you!”
Shakira released the beloved song during the inauguration of FIFA World Cup which was held in South Africa in 2010.
At the time, the song was announced as the official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song. Shakira wrote and produced the song with the help of her previous collaborator, American record producer John Hill and the South African Afro-fusion band, Freshlyground. The singer had been inspired by the words “waka waka” used in the song from “Zangaléwa,” a 1986 ballad by a Cameroonian band called Golden Sounds. The song, “Zangaléwa” had been a hit across Africa as well as Colombia.
In 2021, Rauw Alejandro is staying busy. After collaborating with Selena Gomez, the Puerto Rican singer teamed up with Spanish artist Bad Gyal for the “Zorra” remix. Rauw puts down his dance moves that he’s known for in the music video.
Recently Rauw was booked by Selena Gomez and possibly Xtina.
Alejandro helped Gomez crossover into the Latin music scene this year when he was featured on her single “Baila Conmigo.” Last month, he was also photographed with Christina Aguilera as she appears to get ready to release her next Latin music album. The 28-year-old artist closed out last week with his feature on Bad Gyal’s “Zorra” remix.
His contribution to Bad Gyal’s “Zorra” remix is *chef’s kiss*.
Bad Gyal and Alejandro first released the “Zorra” remix in January. The audio has over 7 million views on YouTube. “Zorra” is one of Bad Gyal’s signature songs that she dropped back in December 2019. The song was produced by hip-hop hitmaker Scott Storch and Rosalía’s main producer, El Guincho. In the hypnotic track, Bad Gyal reclaims the word “Zorra,” which is often hurled at women in a derogatory manner. Alejandro, the self-proclaimed “Zorro,” turns up the heat in the remix.
The music video directed by the creative studio Belledenuit is a hot-and-heavy affair too. The modern-day song-and-dance man gets to flex his impressive body-rolling moves while shirtless. Bad Gyal remains Spain’s leading baddie as she twerks on top of an ATV.
For Valentine’s Day, Alejandro dropped his surprise single “2/Catorce.” His debut album, Afrodiasíaco, was released in November. He was nominated for Best New Artist at last year’s Latin Grammy Awards.
2020 has been a helluva year. Not only did the entire globe suffer through the coronavirus pandemic, but Americans had to deal with an endless campaign, a nail-biting election, and its exasperating aftermath.
But throughout this grueling year, women (as usual) stepped up to the plate. In 2020, we were once again reminded how strong and resilient Latinas are. Despite its challenges, 2020 was a year of that Latinas proved they are innovators, activists, and artists.
Because of this, FIERCE by mitú has compiled a list of 12 Latinas who absolutely crushed 2020. Take a look at our picks below!
1. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued to crush the political game this year. Not only was she reelected to office, but she expertly fundraised for the Democratic party and started much-needed conversations. Ocasio-Cortez may be controversial, but she’s also powerful.
2. Vanessa Bryant
Vanessa Bryant went through a year that is many people’s worst nightmare. But throughout her personal tragedy, Bryant exhibited an endless amount of strength and grace. She truly is an inspiration to women everywhere.
3. Nanette Cocero
Nanette Cocero may not be a household name (yet), but she is shaping up to be one of the most powerful Latinas in the world. This Puerto-Rican-born jefa is the Global President of Pfizer Vaccines. That means she’s in charge of the development and delivery of vaccines throughout the world. Cocero had her work cut out for her in 2020, and sis delivered.
4. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is 51-years-old and she continues to turn everything she touches into gold. Not only did she perform at the Super Bowl’s halftime show this year (remember that?), but she also launched a much-anticipated skincare line.
5. Elizabeth Acevedo
Award-winning Dominicana author Elizabeth Acevedo published her first Young Adult novel, Clap When You Land, that tells the story of two half-sisters who discover they have the same father after he tragically dies in a plane crash. Recently, outlets reported that Clap When You Land will be adapted into a TV series. So it’s safe to say that Acevedo is having a good year.
6. Anya Taylor Joy
Even in the middle of a pandemic, when most movie stars have had a tough year, Argentinian actress Anya Taylor Joy managed to have a breakthrough year. Not only did she star in the streaming phenomenon of the year, The Queens Gambit, but she headlined a movie adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma in February.
2020 was a fantastic year for Shakira. The Colombian singer started off the year by headlining the Super Bowl with JLo and she ended it by being the most-Googled artist of the year. Oh, and she also took the time to slam the Trump Administration for its “unimaginably cruel immigration policies” of separating children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
8. Cardi B
Love her or hate her, Cardi B undoubtedly had a good year. Not only did the Cardi released the multi-platinum hit single “W.A.P.”, but she used her platform to educate her fans about the 2020 presidential election. She was also voted Billboard’s Woman of the Year.
9. Annie Segarra
For years accessibility activist Annie Segarra has used her large platform (20,000 YouTube subscribers and 25,000 Twitter followers) to advocate for rights for disabled people, and in 2020 she had her work cut out for her. This year, Segarra tirelessly spoke up on behalf of disabled people who are being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
10. Victoria Volkova
Victoria Volkova made headlines this year when she became the first trans model on cover of Playboy Mexico. She is also an outspoken advocate for trans and queer rights. She wrote a lovely tribute on her Instagram page in which she expressed hope that her cover would spark a conversation about the “different ways of being a woman.”
11. Sara Mora
Back in 2017, Sara Mora publicly shared that she was undocumented, and her life snowballed ever since. This year, the Costa-Rican born immigrants rights activist used her platform and her non-profit, Population Mic, to spotlight civil rights issues like voter suppression and the migrant crisis.
12. Julie Chávez Rodriguez
You may know Julie Chávez Rodriguez as the granddaughter of César Chávez, but she also has her own claim to fame. The Biden administration just named her director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. We can’t wait to see this powerful Latina in the White House.