Shakira defends her song against plagiarism in Spanish court

Shakira. (Photo: AP)
Shakira. (Photo: AP)

Madrid— Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives have appeared in a Madrid court to answer allegations by a Cuban-born singer and producer that they plagiarised his work in their award-winning hit La Bicicleta.

Shakira smiled as she entered the court in downtown Madrid on Wednesday.

She didn't answer reporters' questions.

Shakira and Vives have previously rejected the allegations by Livan Rafael Castellanos that La Bicicleta — which means The Bicycle in English — contains lyrics, rhythm and melody similar to those of his 1997 song, Yo te quiero tanto.


The song in question won two of the three biggest Grammy Latino awards for 2016, including song and record of the year.

Vives told reporters he welcomed the chance to clear his name.