Ojos Asi (6:50)

Cover of Shakira MTV Unplugged

From Shakira MTV Unplugged and 10 other releases

“Ojos Así” (English: Eyes like that) is a song by Shakira, released as her fifth single, and appearing on her album ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? in July 1999. Today Ojos Así is Shakira’s fifth most successful song of her career.

It contains interludes of Arabic chants (contrary to popular belief, these were not written and sung by famous Egyptian singer Amr Diab). It is based in the Phrygian dominant scale to help lend to the song’s famous Arabian feel.

“Ojos Así” became extremely popular in Latin American countries and has become Shakira’s biggest hit in Brazil, since “Estoy Aquí”.

Ojos Así’s “Single Version”, used for singles that had the song, contains a somewhat different introduction from the original version, replacing the three notes of acordion with one note on the violin. The Single Version also has a slightly altered arrangement. There are several other official remixes of the song, including the lengthy “Thunder Mix” and extra-Arabian “Mirage Mix”. Other official remixes include the popular Meme remixes and the Desert Dub. Various other unofficial remixes also exist.

Shakira completly re-worked the song for her MTV Unplugged in 1999. This new version of the song, the finale of the concert, was much quieter than the original version and its remixes, and it included an extended dance break with drums. Since then, most performances of the song have been similar, though for the Tour of the Mongoose (2002-2003) and Oral Fixation Tour’s (2006-2007) versions, a violin has been played over the drums during the dancing break.

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A sky without sun, a man with no nation
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