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UPDATED: 10:59, October 26, 2006
Colombian singer Shakira changes concert venue after protest
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Colombian pop diva Shakira's biggest ever concert is to be moved from its original university venue to a military airport in Venezuela following complaints from residents, organizers said on Wednesday.

The artist, who scooped MTV's Latin American Music Awards "song of the year" title for "Hips Don't Lie", is to stage her Nov. 11 concert at the La Carlota military airport close to Venezuela's capital.

The move comes after objections from residents' associations close to the former scheduled site at Santa Maria University.

Santiago Otero, president of promoter Evenpro, said 12 organizations had complained about the concert, and thanked Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for making the military base available.

Neighborhood groups said a similar large concert at the university 12 years ago led to traffic chaos, and a number of crimes, including street robberies and rapes, were committed around the time of the show.

The proposed concert at the 40,000-spectator venue would also feature a huge variety of stalls selling food, drinks and merchandise and a large number of public toilets would be available, organizers said.

The singer performed "Hips Don't Lie" as part of the closing celebrations at July's soccer World Cup final between Italy and France in Berlin.

Source: Xinhua

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