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Shakira performing on stage in Toronto, Canada in 2018 for her El Dorado World Tour.
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

(1977-02-02) 2 February 1977 (age 42)
Barranquilla, Colombia
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Bonds Cay, The Bahamas[1]
Miami, Florida[2]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • record producer
  • businesswoman
  • philanthropist
  • actress
  • model
  • Goodwill ambassador
Years active1990–present
Musical career

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (ə/, Spanish: [ʃaˈkiɾa]; born 2 February 1977)[5] is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Barranquilla, her 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).

Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service in 2001. Its lead single, "Whenever, Wherever", became one of the most successful singles of 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijación Oral, Volumen Uno and Oral Fixation, Volume Two (2005). Shakira's eighth and ninth albums, She Wolf and Sale el Sol, were released in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", which featured a South African band Freshlyground, became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time with 10 million downloads.[6][7] With over 2 billion views, it is one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube. She has four of the twenty top-selling hits of the 2000s, more than any other artist.[8][9]

Shakira has received numerous awards, including 3 Grammy Awards, 13 Latin Grammy Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists.[10] She is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

Early life

Born on 2 February 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia, she is the only child of William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado. Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City, where her father was born.[11][12][13][14] Her father then emigrated to Colombia at age 5. The name Shakira is Arabic for "grateful", the feminine form of the name Shakir. From her mother, she has Spanish (Catalan and Castilian)[15][16] and Italian[17] ancestry. She was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools.[18] She has eight older half-siblings from her father's previous marriage.[19] Shakira spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, and wrote her first poem, titled "La Rosa De Cristal/The Crystal Rose", when she was only four years old. As she was growing up, she was fascinated watching her father writing stories on a typewriter, and asked for one as a Christmas gift. She got that typewriter at the age of seven, and has continued writing poetry since then. These poems eventually evolved into songs. When Shakira was two years old, an older half-brother was killed in a motorcycle accident; six years later, at the age of eight, Shakira wrote her first song, titled "Tus gafas oscuras/Your dark glasses", which was inspired by her father, who for years wore dark glasses to hide his grief.[20]

When Shakira was four, her father took her to a local Middle Eastern restaurant, where Shakira first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music and which typically accompanied belly dancing.[21] She started dancing on the table, and the experience made her realize that she wanted to be a performer. She enjoyed singing for schoolmates and teachers (and even the nuns) at her Catholic school, but in second grade, she was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded "like a goat".[21][22] At school, she was often sent out of the class because of her hyperactivity (ADHD).[23] She says she had also been known as "the belly dancer girl", as she would demonstrate every Friday at school a number she had learned.[21] "That's how I discovered my passion for live performance," she says.[19] To instill gratitude in Shakira for her upbringing, her father took her to a local park to see orphans who lived there. The images stayed with her, and she said to herself: "One day I'm going to help these kids when I become a famous artist."[19]

Between the ages of 10 and 13, Shakira was invited to various events in Barranquilla and gained some recognition in the area.[24] It was at this approximate time that she met local theater producer Monica Ariza, who was impressed with her and as a result tried to help her career. During a flight from Barranquilla to Bogotá, Ariza convinced Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas to hold an audition for Shakira in a hotel lobby. Vargas held Shakira in high regard and, returning to the Sony office, gave the cassette to a song and artist director. However, the director was not overly excited and thought Shakira was something of "a lost cause". Undaunted and still convinced that Shakira had talent, Vargas set up an audition in Bogotá. He arranged for Sony Colombia executives to arrive at the audition, with the idea of surprising them with Shakira's performance. She performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums.[25]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Shakira
العربية: شاكيرا
aragonés: Shakira
asturianu: Shakira
azərbaycanca: Şakira
تۆرکجه: شکیرا
বাংলা: শাকিরা
Bân-lâm-gú: Shakira
беларуская: Шакіра
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Шакіра Рыполь
български: Шакира
bosanski: Shakira
català: Shakira
čeština: Shakira
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Shakira
corsu: Shakira
Cymraeg: Shakira
dansk: Shakira
davvisámegiella: Shakira
Deutsch: Shakira
eesti: Shakira
Ελληνικά: Σακίρα
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Shakira
español: Shakira
Esperanto: Shakira
euskara: Shakira
فارسی: شکیرا
français: Shakira
Gaeilge: Shakira
galego: Shakira
한국어: 샤키라
հայերեն: Շակիրա
Արեւմտահայերէն: Շաքիրա
हिन्दी: शकीरा
hrvatski: Shakira
Ido: Shakira
Bahasa Indonesia: Shakira
isiZulu: Shakira
íslenska: Shakira
italiano: Shakira
עברית: שאקירה
Jawa: Shakira
ქართული: შაკირა
kaszëbsczi: Shakira
қазақша: Шакира
Kiswahili: Shakira
Kreyòl ayisyen: Shakira
kurdî: Shakira
Кыргызча: Шакира
Ladino: Shakira
Latina: Shakira
latviešu: Šakira
lietuvių: Shakira
Limburgs: Shakira
lingála: Shakira
magyar: Shakira
मैथिली: सकिरा
македонски: Шакира
മലയാളം: ഷക്കീര
मराठी: शकिरा
მარგალური: შაკირა
مصرى: شاكيرا
Bahasa Melayu: Shakira
монгол: Шакира
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ရှာကီရာ
Nederlands: Shakira
नेपाली: सकिरा
日本語: シャキーラ
нохчийн: Шакира
norsk: Shakira
norsk nynorsk: Shakira
occitan: Shakira
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Shakira
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਸ਼ਕੀਰਾ
پنجابی: شکیرا
پښتو: شکيرا
Piemontèis: Shakira
polski: Shakira
português: Shakira
Qaraqalpaqsha: Shakira
Ripoarisch: Shakira
română: Shakira
Runa Simi: Shakira
русский: Шакира
sardu: Shakira
Scots: Shakira
shqip: Shakira
sicilianu: Shakira
සිංහල: ශකීරා
Simple English: Shakira
slovenčina: Shakira
slovenščina: Shakira
Soomaaliga: Shakira
کوردی: شەکیرا
српски / srpski: Шакира
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Shakira
suomi: Shakira
svenska: Shakira
Tagalog: Shakira
தமிழ்: சக்கீரா
татарча/tatarça: Шакира
తెలుగు: షకీరా
Türkçe: Shakira
тыва дыл: Шакира
українська: Шакіра
vèneto: Shakira
Tiếng Việt: Shakira
West-Vlams: Shakira
Winaray: Shakira
ייִדיש: שאקירא
Yorùbá: Shakira
粵語: 莎結拉
Zazaki: Shakira
Zeêuws: Shakira
中文: 夏奇拉