On a rainy October night, global star Shakira performed at Baku’s Crystal Hall completing a series of concerts by singers from the Americas, including Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. The Baku audience can now catch its breath - it saw them live, sang along with them and thanked them with loud applause. The stars seemed pleased as well with their stay in Azerbaijan’s capital. So this autumn, Baku hosted three of the world’s most expensive pop singers.
It was a special day for Shakira as well. She went on with the show in spite of her pregnancy. Her rounded figure did not spoil the atmosphere of fun at all. Just the opposite, it brought on a special mood. Indeed, Shakira gave her exclusive concert in Azerbaijan despite her ‘interesting condition’ while cancelling other concerts during this period. As she said, she couldn’t upset the Azerbaijani people hosting the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for which she, J-Lo and Rihanna were performing. All three concerts at the Crystal Hall were organized by the OMNIKOMO music group, SOCAR and the UNIVERSAL music group.
Fiona’s gift to the audience
Tears of joy…What happened then! Shouts, applause... Shakira appeared in a shining circle installed on the stage with her Whenever, wherever.
I’m not alone this time. I’m with my baby. Smiling she pointed to a rounded belly.
After songs which were already hits in Azerbaijan she took a guitar and introduced the next one – Inevitable – with the words: This is a song I composed when I was leaving my homeland, Colombia. It was then that the first series of fan zones applauded, and Shakira bowed to Colombian fans who had flown in specially from overseas with their flags to watch and support their favourite compatriot. One of the flags even referred to her, and she took it with tears in her eyes. She not only played the guitar, but also the harmonica, and very skilfully too. The song was a little sad, so the whole concert hall became sad with her at that moment. But that was not to last very long.
Her rousing Loca, Hips Don’t Lie and Waka Waka roused the emotions.
This is our first joint concert with the baby. I´ll dance. My baby knows that I can’t stay without moving, she shouted across the hall. But I should be careful, she added with smile.
Shakira said it very sincerely. It was plain to see – it was hard for her to control herself and not to dance. When the most popular song La Tortura rang out, no one could just sit and watch the show; all have already stood and danced to the Shakira’s song.
Come visit us again, Shakira!
Rihanna, the Queen of R&B
For an hour, accompanied by computer graphics and an extraordinary laser show, Rihanna rocked the audience with her well-known hits: Where have you been? Te Amo, Unfaithful and others. Finally she announced - I fell in love with super Baku! That bright festive evening will surely remain long in the memory of Baku and its guests.
Incredible show from Jennifer Lopez
An unusual event during the performance made everyone fall in love with Jennifer. Reaching out her hand to someone near the stage, a security man suddenly intervened to stop him getting too close to her. She seemed to object to such behaviour and we all witnessed a brief but emotional lecture from the singer. If someone wants to get up, let him get up, if people want to dance, let them dance, because I came here for this. Her words were a bombshell. The audience jumped to their feet and danced enthusiastically to the end of the concert. Thank you Jennifer, for an incredible show!