Shakira and Dizzee Rascal team up for new single ‘Loca’

Hot off the press folks – Shakira’s latest single Loca features a guest spot from our favourite Brit rapper (and Must be The Music judge) Dizzee Rascal.

Leaving the She Wolf days behind her, this is the first single from Shakira’s latest album Sale El Sol. The song itself is a strongly Latin-infused piece and the Colombian singer is on full-on flirty form. I love it when she sings in Spanish! 

The rap from Dizzee doesn’t really work, I’m sad to report. And I love Dizzee, but his thick London accent sounds totally out of place. But still exciting that he’s landed himself in such a high profile guest spot. 

The video – shot in Barcelona in August – features Shakira roller-skating and generally looking hot in the Spanish city. It’s a slice of summer fun, just in time for the autumn. Yeah, this is funky beach music, the stuff you play out loud when you’re cruising by the beach.

As a single…well, it’s not quite up there with Hips Don’t Lie or She Wolf as her better material. If you were twisting my arm for a rating, it’s a 3/5. Feels like she phoned this one in.

Sale El Sol comes out on 19th October 2010.

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