Shakira gives dance lesson in South Africa township

Wed Jun 9, 2010 1:38pm EDT
 
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By Serena Chaudhry

SOWETO, South Africa (Reuters) - Colombian pop star Shakira taught children in South Africa's biggest black township dance moves to the official World Cup song on Wednesday and called for the tournament's legacy to be education for all.

The Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter will join other music stars including Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys to perform at a concert on Thursday, the eve of the start of the first World Cup tournament on the African continent.

Shakira, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations childrens' organization UNICEF, visited Isu'lihle Primary School in Soweto as part of her philanthropic work to highlight the need to educate the young.

"It's (World Cup) a great opportunity to bring all the attention to issues as important as education," Shakira told reporters while touring the school.

"Seventy-two million kids around the world (are) not able to attend school, of which 32 million are African. So this is our chance to make this World Cup's lasting legacy education for all."

Shakira, best known for her hit singles "Hips Don't Lie" and "Whenever, Wherever" will sing the official World Cup anthem "Waka Waka (This time for Africa)" with local music group Freshly Ground at the concert.

(Editing by Nigel Hunt)

 
<p>Colombian pop star Shakira dances with school children at the Isu'lihle primary school in Soweto, June 9, 2010. REUTERS/Howard Burditt</p>