Lady Gaga played soccer and sang with children in a slum in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, where she is set to perform this week.

The singer visited Cantagalo, a "favela" (shantytown) located on a hill in Rio's Copacabana neighborhood, just three blocks from the luxury beach hotel where she is staying. 

The New York-born pop performer was outfitted in a light Japanese-style print robe, wore a pink wig and long false orange fingernails, according to media reports.

She played barefoot soccer with some of the kids in the slum, sang her number "Born this way" with dozens of the children and familiarized herself firsthand with the social project being  undertaken in the area by Brazil's Globo television in association with the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Earlier, the often outlandish singer greeted her fans from the balcony of her hotel apparently dressed only in a jersey of the Brazilian national soccer team, and she hung up a sign on which she declared her love for Rio de Janeiro.

Gaga will sing on Friday in Rio and two days later she will perform in Sao Paulo. 

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