With international successes such as Hips don’t lie AND Waka-Wakasongs that have stood the test of time, and not to mention the recent furore of his song with Bizarrap, Shakira and its unmistakable vibrato They are an essential element of pop culture. Her hardcore fans are now sure to find something new to admire at her newly opened exhibit at Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Shakira Mebarak Ripoll is recognized for her global career trajectory, and the exhibition, which officially opens on Tuesday, March 7 in the Latin music section of the museum, will be open until 2024and offers a closer look at the Colombian superstar’s decade-long journey with lots of memorabilia and rare instruments, costumes, a short film and more.
More than a pop artist
“The exhibition aims to showcase her not just as a pop artist, but as an explorer,” they told the magazine. Variety the curators of the exhibition. This process took about six months to complete and in the first few meetings it was suggested that we start with an atlas.
The exhibit is designed with the intent to understand and honor the cultural lineage behind the successes very expensive. Starting in his native Barranquilla, Colombia, there’s an interactive map that pays homage to his biggest influences, like tropical star Joe Arroyo. It also crosses his interests in Afro beats, Bollywood, classic rock and Arabic pop.
“When we got into the process, the word ‘fusion’ kept coming up because it incorporates so many elements,” adds Jasen Emmons., Chief Curator and Vice President of Curatorial Affairs of the museum.
“We talk a lot about the fact that Shakira is always on the go. And there are different textures and designs that pay homage to that, from the gold and pink curtains at the start to the text boxes below each artifact.
A short film and a notebook
Shakira also appears in a short film to chronologically break down her career as a multilevel recording artist. She details how writing poetry as a child led to her first record deal CBS (Now sony music) when he was 13, and how he finally managed to release his first album in English, laundry service.
To complement his skills as a bilingual lyricist, the museum proudly displays the notebook of songwriters which she wore during sessions for her 2017 album The goldenalong with a dictionary of rhymes which he used for the lyrics.
“The notebook was something we really fought for because we wanted to show the impact of his writing,” they said at the museum. “We went to her home in Barcelona where we collected all the items you see here. We wanted to get our hands on anything we could get to really expand the scope of her art, even for those who may not fully know her.” .
“Shakira -they continue- shines by itself. We really wanted to show what she’s like, beyond the label of pop artist. A Shakira song will help you get through your darkest days: She is a poet and an entertainer, and we hope the message reaches all who venture down those corridors.
The exhibition also includes an interactive presentation which analyzes the themes and production I can’t remember to forget you, Empire, Blackmail and I Congratulationswith commentary by sound engineer Dave Clauss.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.