Shakira inspired by fellow Colombian Gabriel García Márquez


Shakira and Gabo in Mexico in April 2011. Photo via Shakira’s Twitter.

Gabriel García Márquez, one of the most celebrated Latin American writers, has inspired many authors with his books including a fashion designer.

Márquez’s 1985 novel, Love in Time of Cholera, which inspired Honduran-born Carlos Campos men’s fashion designer, also inspired Colombian pop star Shakira.

It’s been well documented in media interviews that both Colombians have mutual respect for each other. Márquez showed his respect for his countrywoman in a profile published in the Guardian in 2002. In it, he wrote: “Shakira’s music doesn’t sound like anybody else’s, and she has invented her own brand of innocent sensuality.”

Shakira got the opportunity to reciprocate the respect she has for Gabo’s literature when she wrote two songs for the soundtrack for the movie based on Love in Time of Cholera. Márquez asked the pop star to write some music to accompany the film, according to a news article.

[audio –  Hay Amores (Feat. William Mebarak)]

One of the two songs written for the movie, “Despedida,” was nominated for Best Original Song at the 65th Golden Globe Awards.

[audio Shakira – Despedida.mp3]

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