La Playa

Shakira, the pop diva of "Hips Don't Lie" fame, will reportedly donate the proceeds from her November 15th concert in her hometown of Barranquilla. The funds will be used to build an arts school for children that have been forced from their homes as a result of Colombia's civil war.

The concert is one of many in the singer's Oral Fixation tour. The hip-shaking, international star has announced that the school will be located in La Playa, a poor suburb of her hometown. Estimates have 45 percent of the area's residents as minors with barely half of the school age children actually attending school.

The bilingual (Spanish and English) school, set to open in 2008, will bear Shakira's name. The school has received approval from Colombian education officials and is being designed by Rafael Vinoly, the designer of the New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center facility. Shakira, one of the most recognized Latin singers and songwriters in America, has been nominated for five Latin Grammy awards.

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