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Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
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Pop/Rock, Latin Pop, Pop, Dance-Pop, Urban, Adult Contemporary, Club/Dance, Electronic, R&B
Party/Celebratory, Carefree, Fun, Sexy, Energetic, Spicy, Stylish, Sensual, Confident, Playful, Passionate, Romantic, Cheerful, Bittersweet
Soundtrack, Writer, Actor/Actress
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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), known professionally as Shakira, is a Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira revealed many of her talents in school as a live performer, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Middle Eastern influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English and Portuguese as well as some Italian, French and Arabic.
After commercial flops with local producers on her first two albums, and being little-known outside Colombia, Shakira decided to produce her own brand of music. In 1995 she released Pies Descalzos, which brought her great fame in Latin America and Spain, and her 1998 album ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? was a critical success selling over 10 million copies worldwide.
In 2001, aided by the worldwide success of her first English single "Whenever, Wherever" that became the biggest hit of 2002, she broke through into the English-speaking world with the release of Laundry Service, which sold over 20 million copies worldwide according to her official website. Four years later, Shakira released two album projects called Fijación Oral Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation Vol. 2. Both reinforced her success, particularly with the best selling song of the 2000s, "Hips Don't Lie".
In 1995, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation. It is a Colombian charity with special schools for poor children all around Colombia. During her career, Shakira has performed at a large number of benefit concerts. Among the most famous are the Live 8 Benefit Concert in July 2005, the Concert of Live Earth in Hamburg where she headlined the show, as well as the "Clinton Global Initiative" created by former US President Bill Clinton. She was also invited to the Oval Office by President Barack Obama in February 2010 to discuss early childhood development. She has won two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She is also the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan, having sold over 60 million albums worldwide according to Sony Music Entertainment. Her U.S. album sales stand at 9.6 million.
In the fall of 2009, Shakira released her sixth album She Wolf worldwide. Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", was chosen as the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The song has received generally positive critical reception, and has become a worldwide smash hit and the biggest selling World Cup song of all time. On YouTube, the English version of the music video is the 3rd most watched video of all time with over 300 million views. Her seventh studio album, the bilingual Sale el Sol, was released October 2010 and has shipped over 2 million copies worldwide.
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La Ensenanza School in Barranquilla.
twitter.com/shakira, www.celebheights.com/s/-Shakira-1694.html, twitter.com/shakira
Full Name at Birth
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, businesswoman, philanthropist, actress, model, goodwill ambassador for UNICEF
William Mebarak Chadid
Nidya del Carmen Ripoll
Alberto (half brother) (lawyer), Moises (half brother), Tonino (half brother), Antonio (half brother), Edward (half brother)
Lucy (half sister) (surgeon), Patricia (half sister) (special education teacher)
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Pedro Mebarak Aviles (uncle)
Aíto De la Rúa, Gabriela Vaca Guzmán
The Italian Job
Avril Lavigne, Lucy Hale, Selena Gomez
Khalil Gibran's ''The Prophet''
Imagine (John Lennon), No Woman, No Cry (Bob Marley)
Mojarra fried with patacón, Seafood
Black, Brown, Gold, Violet
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Reebok (2002), Panasonic (2007), Crest (2013), Oral B (2013)
Valerie Domínguez (cousin)
Coquito (dog), Chan (dog), Gordita (dog)
Favorite TV Shows
With or Without You (U2)
Pancakes with Jam
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Roc Nation, Richard De La Font
Music Genre (Text)
Pop, Latin Pop
Columbia, Epic, Live Nation, Sony Music Latin
Sasha Piqué Mebarak (son), Milan Piqué Mebarak (son)
Rihanna, Wyclef Jean
Music Genre (Text)
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born 2 February 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter, and dancer. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin American, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira's first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, failed to attain commercial success in the 1990s; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998). As of 2001, before releasing her best seller Laundry Service, she has sold over 10 million albums alone in Latin America.
Music Genre (Text)
Rock En Español, Dance, Folk, World
Percussion, Drums, Guitar, Harmonica
Music Genre (Text)
Reggaeton, Pop Latino, Pop Rock