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Just one day after the controversial interview in which he withdrew annoyed and less than 24 hours before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Colombian singer Maluma opened the FIFA Fan Festival in Doha this Saturday.
The interpreter was received in the middle of a sea of people, fireworks and a drone show prior to his show. The reggaeton player started the party between ovations and even addressed a few words to the fans.
“I am Juan Luis Lodoño Arias (…) we are celebrating the soccer festival. We came here to give love, to give care and to set an example”, he said.
The man from New Granada shared the stage as planned, with the artist Nicky Minaj and the Lebanese Myriam Fares to sing Tukoh Taka, the official song of the FIFA FanFest.
Before Maluma’s show, soccer personalities were present to show the World Cup. Figures like Lothar Matheus, Marco Materazzi, Cafu, Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos, David Trezeget and Marcel Desailly were some of the attendees.
Maluma controversy in Qatar 2022
The Qatar 2022 World Cup has been at the target of public opinion due to the disrespect for human rights, the mistreatment of the LGTBQ + collective and the precarious working conditions of immigrant employees. This has generated that several artists and influencers have refused to be present at the maximum football event.
On Friday, during an interview with the Israeli journalist, Moav Vardi of the Kan TV network, the Colombian was questioned about his presence in the ecumenical event despite the criticism. “Don’t you have problems with the violation of human rights in this country?”
Maluma was able to avoid the first attacks of the question by assuring that it was escaping from his hands. “It is something that I cannot solve. I only came here to enjoy life, enjoy soccer and the soccer party. It’s not something I really have to get involved in. I am here enjoying my music and the beautiful life, playing soccer too”.
However, the journalist again insisted on his questioning and that was when the native of Medellín stood up and stormed off, calling the interviewer “rude.”
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