Shakira announces Wyclef Jean will join her on U.S. tour

Colombian pop star Shakira on Friday announced her collaborator on the pulsing duet "Hips Don't Lie," Wyclef Jean, will join her for the U.S. leg of her "Oral Fixation" tour.

"I feel honored he's gonna do this with me," she said at a press conference one day after winning six Latin Billboard awards. "I admire him so much! He's a great artist and will be a big asset for the show."

The Haitian rapper will appear with Shakira at all 23 U.S. shows, which begin Aug. 9 in El Paso, Texas and include performances in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.

The "Oral Fixation" world tour starts June 22 in Madrid, and travels in October to Latin America, where the crossover star will sing mostly in Spanish.

During the U.S. tour, Verizon Wireless subscribers will be able to use their cell phones to receive video clips and vote for their favorite songs under an agreement announced Friday.

"It's gonna be really exciting to see my fans interact," she said. "They'll get videos, messages from me, it's interesting."

The five-time Grammy winner said she will sing her best-known songs in both Spanish and English for her American audience.

"It will be balanced," she said. "The Anglo public will enjoy it as much as the Latin fans that have followed me over the years."

The singer-composer also described progress in her plans for a benefit concert to help Latin American children escape poverty. She said she's working with artists including Juanes, Alejandro Sanz and Miguel Bose, with the idea of holding it in late 2007 at a location to be determined.

"Besides collecting funds we want to raise consciousness about the problems that children face in Latin America, where every second a child dies for completely avoidable causes," she said, reports AP.

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