The Sun Comes Out with Shakira and Sennheiser

World tour uses raft of wireless gear from audio manufacturer.
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Mapping the expanse of Shakira’s dedicated fan base, “The Sun Comes Out” World Tour includes stops in North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa over a span of twelve wonderful and grueling months. The tour supports her two most recent studio albums, She Wolf and Sale El Sol.

Sennheiser wireless microphones, wireless personal monitoring systems, and wireless instrument systems ensure consistent and reliable performances night after night, no matter where in the world the tour travels and no matter what unforeseen RF monsters lurk there.

More so than other megastars of her stature, Shakira’s fame is truly global in its reach. The trilingual Columbian-born singer has sold over fifty million albums worldwide and has earned two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, and twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards. Her genuine and extensive philanthropy inspired President Barack Obama to invite her to the White House to discuss early childhood development, and the eclectic charm of her hit song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” became the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

On “The Sun Comes Out World Tour,” Shakira’s enchanting vocals find the ears of her enraptured fans by way of a Neumann KK 105 S condenser capsule with a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II transmitter and EM 3732-II receiver. The KK 105 S brings the legendary Neumann studio sound to the stage, with lusciously accurate capture that conveys the hypnotic beauty of her voice. Shakira, who has already enjoyed a long career in the spotlight and sung into every conceivable microphone, strongly favors the KK 105 S capsule for its utter transparency and beauty. Hearing so fine a capture inspires her to even greater performances.

Shakira and her impressive collection of first-rate musicians, percussionists, and dancers all rely on Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G3 wireless personal monitors to keep in touch and time with the soul of the music. A grand total of fourteen wireless Sennheiser SK 2000-XP instrument bodypack transmitters cover the mobile instruments – including Shakira’s own guitar – that provide the foundation for her unique brand of world-infused pop. Six Sennheiser EM 2050 receivers flawlessly grab the wireless signals from the air with the assistance of Sennheiser A2003-UHF antennas.

It is notable that, despite the tour’s far-flung destinations and their accompanying RF terrains, however unpredictable or crowded, the show continues to go off night after night without a hiccup. When the tour wraps up at the end of September in Rio de Janeiro, Shakira, her band, and the technical support crew will have played one hundred and four shows and traveled to every corner of the globe. Sennheiser Global Relations Manager Kristy Jo Winkler who attended the show, shared, “Even though I was standing with ten thousand fans, the show had the intimacy of a small club. The musicality of the Sennheiser wireless instrument systems and the confidence it gave the musicians played a significant role in the show’s great energy. But of course it was Shakira’s winning charisma and practiced, yet effortless delivery that cemented the performance.”

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