World Cup anthems: Shakira vs Pitbull and J-Lo in Brazil row

Shakira performs during the kick-off celebration concert

It's Ole Ola vs Waka Waka and La La La as Fifa anthem gets Brazilians hot under the collar

LAST UPDATED AT 14:24 ON Thu 3 Jul 2014

Shakira, rattle and roll

Colombian songbird Shakira will top the bill at the World Cup closing ceremony, singing 'La la la (Brazil 2014)' along with Brazilian star Carlinhos Brown. It will be Shakira's third World Cup appearance although this one has been marred by the fact her fella, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, had an early exit when Spain failed to make it out of the group stage. Also booked to perform at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday week at Rio's Maracana stadium are guitar great Carlos Santana and rapper Wyclef Jean.

Shakira vs Pitbull and J-Lo

If there is one thing that gets Brazilian pulses racing as much as football it is music, and the official World Cup anthem, performed by rapper Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, is doing just that – but for all the wrong reasons.

The Fifa-sanctioned song, entitled We Are One (Ole Ola), has not gone down well in Brazil, and the main beneficiary appears to be Colombian songstress Shakira, whose songs are now being championed as alternative theme tunes by South American music lovers.

And a tongue-twisting three-way battle between Fifa's Ole Ola, and two Shakira numbers, La La La and Waka Waka, has erupted.

"Although Brazilian Claudia Leitte is also featured in the official theme, critics say they don't understand why Cuban-American rapper Pitbull and Bronx-born Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez were chosen for the song when there are so many other great musicians in the land of Bossa Nova," explains Associated Press. To make matters worse the video not only features famous Brazilian landmarks and footballers, but  "reinforces stereotypes with smiling, barefoot children and semi-naked, samba-dancing women".

It is also sung in English and Spanish, notes the Sydney Morning Herald, leaving "only a few seconds at the end for Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte to sing in her native Portuguese".

Brazilian composer and music critic Leonardo Martinelli told AP that the latest World Cup anthem, like its predecessors, had been "stripped of local colour".

"Whether it's in South Africa, Germany or Japan-Korea, the regional musical element was used only as a very light seasoning... [with the] right amount of cliches and stereotypes usual with commercial music," he said.

The result has been a campaign to adopt Shakira's 2010 popular World Cup anthem, Waka Waka, as the unofficial tournament anthem. The campaign has garnered plenty of support on Twitter, even though the song has many of the same shortcomings as Ole Ola. Supporters have overlooked that Waka Waka, designed to celebrate South Africa, had a soca beat and was sung in English by a Colombian, although it does feature an African guitar sound.

A third contender has also emerged in the form of another Shakira song, La La La, which has been released with a football-themed video featuring the likes of Shakira's partner, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and several of his club colleagues, including Lionel Messi. The proceeds of that song are going to the World Food Programme. In the five days since its release it has had as many YouTube hits as the official anthem has managed in almost two weeks.

VIDEOS

Pitbull ft. Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte: We Are One (Ole Ola)

Shakira: Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)

Shakira: La La La (Brazil 2014) ft. Carlinhos Brown

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Disqus - noscript

HABER DE LEJOS Y CALIDAD SHAKIRA LALALA ES MIL VECES MUNDIALISTAS,,,SHAKIRA SI SABE QUE ES UN MUNDIAL DE FUTBOL..LOS DEMAS QUE CACAREAN WE ARE ONE NADA QUE VER ES SOSA ABURRIDORA,,,JARTA,,,,SHAKIRA LALALA ES MIL VECES PARA UN MUNDIAL SHAKIRA ES LATINA COLOMBIANA DE VERDAD TIENE EL VERDADERO SABOR SURAMERICANO EN BRAZIL ES MIL VECES MAS VENDEDORA QUE JENNIFER LOPEZ,,,QUE PITBULL, QUE RICKI MARTIN,,,,SHAKIRA SE LOS LLEVA POR DELANTE Y DE LEJOS MUY LEJOS ESTA SHAKIRA UNA VERDADERA ESTRELLA PARA LOS MUNDIALES DE FUTBOL FIFA

SHAKIRA DE LEJOS,,,SU VIDEO EN CINCO 5 DIAS LLEVA MAS DE 41.OOO.OOOO MILLONES DE VISITAS EN YOU TUBE...WE ARE ONE JENNIFER LOPEZ,,PITBULL,, Y LA BRASILEÑA QUE NADIE SAbe que cacarea nadie la conoce lleva menos de 40,000,000 millones en mas de 15 quince dias,,,quien es mas grande pues shakira es la ideal para un MUNDIAL FIFA FUTBOL,,,SHAKIRA ES LA INDICADA ES LA MEJOR LALALA SHAKIRA GANARA

FIFA couldn't organise a party in a pub,no doubt they are getting the royalties from the "official song"

SHAKIRA DE LEJOPS MIL VECES LAS RAZONES SON MILES,,,SHAKIRA ES UNA VERDADERA ARTISTA MUNDIAL,,,SHAKIRA ES SI ES COLOMBIANA ES UNA VERDADERA LATINA,,,SHAKIRA SI TIENE EL SABOR CARIBEÑO LATINO,,,SHAKIRA DARE LALALA ES LA CANCION INDICADA CON APENAS CINCO 5 DIAS EL VIDEO TIENE MAS 41.OOO,OOO MILLONES DE VISITAS SHAKIRA SOLA SIN ACOMPAÑANTES EN LA MAYORIA DE LA CANCION SHAKIRA ESTA SOLA,,,WE ARE ONE CON MAS DE 15 QUINCE DIAS TIENE 40.000.000 MILLONES Y CON LOS LAGARTOS DE PITBULL,,JENNIFER LOPEZ Y LA BRAZILEÑA QUE NADIE SABE QUE CACAREA Y CON LAS PAYOLAS QUE ESTAN PAGANDO PARA QUE LA MENCIONEN NO HA PODIDO GANAR A SHAKIRA CON CINCO 5 DIAS DE SU VIDEO QUIEN ES LA INDICADA SHAKIRA

OJO SI ES CIERTO SHAKIRA LALALA ES LA CANCION OFICIAL DE LA FIFA MUNDIAL 2014 YA ESTA CONFIRMADO,,,SHAKIRA DE LEJOS DEMUESTRA QUE ES LA INDICADA PARA CANTAR EN LOS MUNDIALES DE FUTBOL,,,SHAKIRA ESTARA EN BRAZIL CON SU PODEROSA WAKA WAKA,,,Y SU PODEROSA LALALA,,,

Very simple.....why anyone would choose Jennifer from the block and a guy who hangs in Miami called pitbull (something which tears people apart and not in a good way) with a simple side helping of true South American flavor at the end.........when they have Shakira ............ is beyond me. Having lived in Colombia.......she is South America personified......talent beyond anything Jennie and her petbull could ever imagine having....and omg...she's a mama and she's a genuine nice person - not to mention being a nonpareil ambassador for children and her country..........get real........there is NO contest here mw

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