Since her performance alongside Jennifer Lopez at the halftime Super Bowl last night, everyone is talking about Shakira, Shakira.
The 'She Wolf' singer sang a medley of her biggest hits last night, including 'Whenever Wherever' and 'Waka Waka'.
During the performance she made a tongue wagging gesture to the camera which had people just a little confused.
Turns out the gesture is called a "zaghrouta" and it's a Arab tradition. The chant or vocal expression signifies joy in Arab culture.
Many praised the musician for tapping into her Lebanese roots and reaching out to the Middle Eastern community.
You really have to understand how huge Shakira’s performance was for the Middle Eastern community. She had belly dancing, a mijwiz and a derbeke, performed “Ojos Asi” which was one of the few Shakira songs to have Arabic in it, did a Zaghrouta, all love on the biggest stage
— Danny Hajjar داني حجار 🇱🇧 (@DanielGHajjar) February 3, 2020
Chiming in because I know everyone will be making jokes about this for days — this is a popular Arab tradition, called zaghrouta, used to express joy at celebrations. In the melting pot that is Miami, you could not have picked a better Super Bowl act and this was a lovely touch. https://t.co/q1H9l8UpQ5
— Lulu Ramadan 🌅 (@luluramadan) February 3, 2020
This is called zaghrouta. It is a way to express joy or happiness in Arab culture. Elements of it can also be found in other cultures even as far as music in the Balkans. https://t.co/bixdVn34vF
— Bozi Tatarevic (@BoziTatarevic) February 3, 2020
Many made it into a meme, sharing the following on Twitter.
Spain: Why haven’t you paid us €12m in tax that you owe?
— Benjamin Butterworth (@benjaminbutter) February 3, 2020
When I ask my 2-year-old if he’s ready for bed https://t.co/WiyA7y1p5n
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) February 3, 2020
when willie wonka tells me the strawberries taste like strawberries and the snozberries taste like snozberries pic.twitter.com/BfhLwjKne3
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) February 3, 2020
— Tori Ascends (@torrrrrencee) February 3, 2020
Shakira sound like Spongebob whenever he finna go jellyfishing pic.twitter.com/ifCHT0fxch
— FATHER D ➐ (@ayosworIdd) February 3, 2020