Pitbull and J-Lo Vs. Shakira – A World Cup Anthem Battle for the Ages

Ellen Delaney | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Pitbull vs. Shakira - World Cup Theme Song Battle

A flurry of controversy has erupted over which song will be unofficially adopted by the people of Brazil as the most over-played of the scheduled 2014 World Cup season. FIFA’s officially sanctioned Ole Ola, and two different Shakira songs, La La La and Waka Waka, are all being touted as the song that should represent the 2014 World Cup.

We Are One (Ole Ola) is FIFA’s chosen anthem for this year’s festivities in Brazil, but according to the Associated Press, many people in the host nation aren’t happy with the choice, saying that the Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez song “reinforces stereotypes with smiling, barefoot children and semi-naked, samba-dancing women”.

In an interview with AP, Brazilian composer Leonardo Martinelli said that “Ole Ola” was void of “local colour”and that the “regional musical element was used only as a very light seasoning with the right amount of clichés and stereotypes usual with commercial music.” The song has also been criticized for the minimal use of Portuguese lyrics, which are sung by Brazilian singer, Claudia Leitte.

Because of the tepid response to the Pitbull anthem, there has been public outcry, accompanied by a twitter campaign to re-use Shakira’s World Cup 2010 anthem, “Waka Waka” for these games in South America, despite the fact that the song is lyrically and thematically focused on the 2010 World Cup’s location in Africa, and is sung entirely in English.

Which song do you prefer? Check out both videos and decide!

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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