The Bottom Line
From Shakira.com: "My hips tell me where and when I should move. And my hips don't lie - my hips tell me the truth."
Listen to "Hips Don't Lie" at Shakira.com. The sound will start automatically.
Watch the "Hips Don't Lie" video.
- Makes you want to move
- Multi-cultural dance stew
- Grounded by political consciousness
- No down side here
- Percolating African, Latin, and Caribbean dance rhythms
- Clever vocal interplay between Wyclef Jean and Shakira
- Memorable tune that gets better after hearing it multiple times
Guide Review - Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
Shakira continues to move from strength to strength. She claims that "Hips Don't Lie" is just a happy accident that came about when she happened to get together with the Fugees' Wyclef Jean. Too bad more of us can't have such fortunate accidents!
"Hips Don't Lie" is a multi-cultural stew of dance rhythms from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Rapped vocals from Wyclef Jean and Shakira's familiar Spanish-accented rasp glide across the top. Wyclef Jean identifies a clear point of connection between the two artists expressing concern for both Colombian (Shakira's ethnic heritage) and Haitian (Wyclef Jean's ethnic heritage) refugees and CIA harassment. The politics of the song are no thicker than that, but it is an effective grounding in keeping with Shakira's habit of mixing political and socio-cultural concerns with infectious Latin pop music.
If the song sounds familiar to some, it is a re-working of Wyclef Jean's recording of "Dance Like This" with City High's Claudette Ortiz on the Havana Nights soundtrack released in 2004. The original was catchy, but the Shakira version is memorable.
There are 2 music videos for "Hips Don't Lie." The first is an amusing compendium of Shakira fans shaking their hips to the music and can be seen at Yahoo! Launch. The second, a more standard video, viewable at AOL Music is a showcase for Shakira's own dancing skill even including brief snippets of Colombian Cumbia dancing.