Shakira arrived at the Beirut International Airport Thursday with her two children ahead of her performance at the Cedars International Festival in the northern town of Bsharri.
The Colombian-Lebanese superstar is in Lebanon as part of her “El Dorado World Tour,” where she is set to perform before 14,000 people during the festival’s opening concert.
A swarm of fans and local media welcomed Shakira at the airport, where she was spotted with her two children Milan and Sasha.
“I am very happy to be here in Lebanon,” she said. “This is the land of my ancestors and I’m very proud of my heritage — my Lebanese heritage.”
Her son Milan echoed her sentiments.
“I am happy to be here in Lebanon,” Milan said.
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In a statement, festival organizers said they invited Shakira to “send a message of peace from the cedars and from Lebanon to the world.”
Music manager Wassim Slaiby, who directs the Anghami music distribution company, helped bring Shakira to Lebanon.
“We are confident that the concert will be exceptional,” Slaiby said. “We will continue to attract world stars through Anghami and allow them to enjoy Lebanon and the Middle East.”
The Cedars International Festival aims to honor Lebanon internationally through the beauty of the Lebanese cedars.