SHAKIRA is a dynamic, shapely and beautiful Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, who burst into the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s.
Shakira showed her many talents in school as a live performer, displaying her vocal ability in rock and roll, with Latin and Middle Eastern influences. She incorporated her personal touch with belly dancing. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker, but speaks fluent English and Portuguese as well as some Italian, French and Arabic.
After commercial flops with local producers on her first two albums in Colombia, Shakira was fed up. She began to produce her own style of music. In 1995 she released Pies Descalzos. This song brought her great fame in Latin America and Spain. Her 1998 album ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? (Where Are the Thieves?) was a critical success selling over 7 million copies worldwide.
In 2001, boosted by the success all over the world of her first English single, “Whenever, Wherever”( it became the best selling single of 2002), she became an instant success in the English-speaking world with the release of Laundry Service, which sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Making even more entertainment news, in 2005, Shakira released two albums: Fijación Oral Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation Vol. 2. Both solidified her fame worldwide. In this album was the best selling song of the 2000s, “Hips Don’t Lie”.
Birth Name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Born: February 2, 1977, in Baranquilla, Colombia
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