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Shakira visits her grandmother’s village in Lebanon

(AFP) – Colombian pop star Shakira on Friday visited the village in Lebanon where her paternal grandmother was born, an AFP journalist said.

“Hello Tannourine, thank you, I am happy to be here!”, the 41-year-old singer said in Arabic during a visit under high security to the village of Tannourine in Lebanon s mountainous north.

Accompanied by local officials, Shakira visited a nature reserve that grows cedar trees — Lebanon s national emblem — and planted two saplings.

To mark the occasion, a small patch of the reserve was named “Shakira Mubarak” — after one of the singer s family names, Tannourine s mayor Bahaa Harb said.

On Friday evening, she will kick off the Cedars International Festival in Lebanon, a concert set to attract 13,000 people.

This is Shakira s third visit to the country. Her first visit came in 2003 and she returnec in 2011 for a concert.

The artist is in Lebanon with her two sons.

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