"Ojos Así" (English: Eyes Like Yours) 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.
The Oral Fixation Tour's version (an encore after the main setlist) also has a pre-song intro, which is a popular Arabian tune called Enta Omri, by famous Egyptian singer Om Kalthoum. Shakira danced to Enta Omri with a purple veil (this intro is thus known as the "Veil Dance"). Enta Omri would then become Ojos Así with a bang as Shakira would throw the veil up into the air and spin off-stage as Ojos Así's first intro played.
Contrary to the Oral Fixation Tour's soft pre-song intro, the Tour of the Mongoose's pre-song introduction, which was also the introduction to the concert itself, was fast instrumental rock based on 'Welcome to the Jungle'. The rock would then quiet down to a violin, which would lead into Ojos Así itself.
The music video for "Ojos Así" features Shakira performing the song for a crowd. In the background is a giant neon eye, which shoots out sparks and catches fire toward the end of the video. There are also clips of Shakira belly dancing in front of a dark purple background. In these clips, there are snakes painted down her arms and red lines painted on her head. The video also features an Arabic string instrument with a bowl under the head, and a Danelectro Longhorn electric bass guitar.
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