Caracas: Colombian singer Shakira sent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez an autographed electric guitar, a minister said.

"Shakira sent President Chavez this autographed guitar," Communications Minister Andres Izarra said in a Twitter posting that included a link to a photo of the red instrument.

Chavez said during his weekly show on March 27, the singer had asked to meet with him but scheduling problems had prevented them from doing so.

Shakira was in Caracas at the time for a concert at Simon Bolivar University.

"We had expected to see her today, she has a foundation, Pies Descalzos, which raises money for poor children. I welcome Shakira and her Chaca Chaca," Chavez said.

Ruling party lawmaker Aristobulo Isturiz then corrected Chavez, explaining that the song was "Waka Waka".