Shakira gives Venezuela's Chavez signed, red guitar
- May 16, 2011
"I was practicing last night, looking for the plugs. It's electric, a very modern guitar and I'm not used to it," Chavez said during a phone call to a state TV station. "I was singing some songs, old ones, a Mexican one."
Known for his informal style, Chavez often belts out Latin American folk songs during political rallies and speeches.
"How am I going to practice 'Waka-Waka' with this swollen foot?" Chavez asked when an official suggested he sing Shakira's hit song written for last year's World Cup. He ended the call singing a bolero, a slow Latin American song.
Chavez is currently recovering from a knee injury and canceled visits to several countries this week. He said the injury was improving.