n Latin American Report - The labour of love : celebrating music from Jennifer Lopez and Shakira




Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have become music sensations in the American music industry. The aim of this article is to explore how the two female musicians depict gender, class and racial struggles through musical lyrics. These struggles manifest themselves through the exciting, contradictory and sometimes bitter game of love in which lovers labour themselves to create social and cultural identities. While Jennifer Lopez is fond of R&B, Pop, dance pop and Latin pop, Shakira has created a niche in Brown-eyed soul, Latin pop, pop rock and dance. Apart from exploring social contradictions in the music of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, this article is keen to suggest reasons why Shakira's robust, rebellious and sexually suggestive dances appeal to the American music fans and those of the world over.


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