Did you know that Shakira had released a new album? It dropped on October 19. It’s called Sale de Sol. “Sale de sol” is a Spanish phrase that means “Sunrise.”
I hadn’t known about it until I walked through a store yesterday and saw it. I bought it immediately. I usually enjoy all of Shakira’s work; I own all her CDs, including those before she crossed over into English. I still think her album “Donde Están los Ladrones?” is one of the best latin music albums. So the question is: did her most recent album, Sale de Sol, live up to her potential? As far as I’m concerned, the answer is yes!
I purchased the fifteen song version of the album. It comes with twelve songs and three additional versions of songs already on the main album. They are contained on one disc. The additional songs are english translations of the originals with some new featured artists lending their vocals.
- Sale el Sol
- Loca (feat. El Cata)
- Antes de las Seis
- Gordita (feat. Residente Calle 13)
- Addicted to You
- Lo Que Más
- Rabiosa (feat. El Cata)
- Tu Boca
- Waka Waka (Esto es África)
- Loca (feat. Dizzee Rascal)*
- Rabiosa (feat. Pitbull)*
- Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)*
Most of the fifteen songs are sung entirely in Spanish or have refrains or phrases in Spanish when otherwise in English. There is a strong driving beat throughout the album and it is clearly influenced by merengue. It’s easy to imagine dancing to nearly all of the tracks! Shake those hips! 🙂
My favorite songs are “Islands” and “Waka Waka” (both versions). “Islands” has great lyrics that talk about finding a love that lasts and not having to hide it. “Waka Waka” is just a fun, bouncy tune!
“Antes de Las Seis” uses an almost Oriental sounding music to lead into the main part of the song. It’s a good song, but a little different. “Gordita” has a heavy beat and features the vocals of Residente Calle 13. The parts sung in unison by Residente Calle 13 seem too heavy and pounding, but Shakira’s vocals lighten up the overall tone. “Lo Que Más” is a quieter song that changes things up and uses a fast-moving, but contemplative sounding piano in the background. “Mariposas” reminds me of a Spanish version of a song that might be sung by one of the popular singer/songwriters from the New York area. It’s got a good forward momentum and catchy sound. “Lo Que Más” and “Rabiosa” show the merengue most clearly with trumpeting horns and a hip shaking beat.
Here’s a fun piece of trivia about one of the songs: “Waka Waka” was the official anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup sung by Shakira. The song’s inspiration is from a Cameroon song “Zamina Mina/Zangalewa” originally performed by former Cameroon army members who used fake butts, bellies, and other costumes to enliven their shows.¹ The refrain of Shakira’s version is sung in a Central African language called Fang.
|Original Version||English Translation|
|Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka waka eh eh
Tsamina mina sangalewa
Anawa ah ah
Where do you come from?
¹ “Zamina mina / sangalewa.” Wikipedia. 24 October 2010. 25 October 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamina_mina_(Zangalewa)