"I've always dreamt of writing, producing and recording a song with Shakira so that together we can show our Colombia to the world," Vives says. "She has taken our country's music to unimaginable heights, and finally being able to collaborate with her is a realization of this dream."
“La Bicicleta” kicks off with a sensual solo played by an indigenous Colombian wind instrument (sources say it’s called a flauta de millo) before giving way to a sultry cumbia/reggaetón beat. “La Bicicleta” marks the first time ever that Shakira has recorded with another Colombian star, but the track’s significance goes beyond that.
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Both Shakira and Vives are from Colombia’s Caribbean Coast: she from Barranquilla, he from Santa Marta -- cities less than an hour’s drive from each other. The two have known each other for many years, share common social concerns and even performed together in a 2008 Concert for Peace on the Colombian border. But actually recording together only became a possibility in the past year, once Vives returned to the public spotlight after nearly a decade away from recording commercially.
A video is set to be shot in the coming weeks in Colombia.