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Shakira is a highly popular award winning Columbian pop singer and dancer

InformationDetail
BirthdayFebruary 2, 1977
NationalityColombian
FamousHispanic Women, Hispanic Musicians, Hispanic Singers, Hispanics, Philanthropists, Singers
SpousesGerard Piqué
Known asShakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Childrens Milan Piqué Mebarak
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Pies Descalzos Foundation
  • ALAS Foundation
Birth PlaceBarranquilla
Height157cm
GenderFemale
FatherWilliam Mebarak Chadid
MotherNidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado
Net Worth$300 million as of Apr 27,2017
Sun SignAquarius
Born inBarranquilla
Famous asSinger

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Who is Shakira?

Best known for her scintillating belly dance moves in the video of the song ‘Hips Don’t Lie’, Shakira is a highly successful Columbian pop artist who has sold over 70 million albums worldwide. Musically inclined from childhood, she wrote her first poem when she was just four and began dancing impromptu at a restaurant where groovy music was being played. She often used to sing and dance for her classmates and teachers at school and earned the nickname ‘the belly dancer girl’. As a young teen she began performing around town and caught the attention of local theater producer Monica Ariza who introduced the talented young girl to Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas. She released her first album ‘Magia’ when she was just 14. Though the album did not do well commercially it gave the teenage performer much exposure. She received a breakthrough with her third album ‘Pies Descalzos’ which peaked at No. 1 in eight different countries. She also earned several awards and nominations for the album and became an almost overnight star. Her success in Latin music propelled her to try her hand at English language albums and her first attempt at this genre, ‘Laundry Service’ went Multi-Platinum and is considered the most successful album of her career.

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Childhood & Early Life

She was born as Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll to Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid. She had several half-siblings from her father’s previous marriage.

An artistically inclined child, she started writing poetry as a four-year old and also loved to dance from childhood.

She sang and danced to entertain her teachers and schoolmates and earned the nickname ‘the belly dancer girl’.

She was famous in her locality and was often invited to perform at various events.

A local theater producer, Monica Ariza arranged for Ciro Vargas, a Sony Colombia executive, to hold an audition for the teenager. Impressed Sony Colombia singed her to record three albums.

Career

Her debut album ‘Magia’ was released in 1991. It included songs she had written since she was eight. The album did not do well commercially.

Her second album ‘Peligro’ was out in 1993. Even though this album performed better than its predecessor, still it was a commercial failure. After releasing this album, she took a break to attend classes and graduate from high school.

She was back to the music scenario in 1996 with her third album ‘Pies Descalzos’. The album spawned six hit singles and received favourable reviews from critics. She went on the Tour Pies Descalzos to promote her album.

Her next album ‘Donde Estan los Ladrones?’ was out in 1998. It featured Latin Pop style music with elements of rock en Espanol. The album became of the highest selling Spanish language albums in the U.S. with sales of over 7 million copies worldwide.

She made her foray into the English language market with the album ‘Laundry Service’ in 2001. The album was characterized by Latin rock and Latin pop styles and its lead single ‘Whenever, Wherever’ topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.

Her Spanish album ‘Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1’ was released in June 2005. It was followed by the release of the English album ‘Oral Fixation, Vol. 2’ in November the same year. The single ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ from the latter peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and became her signature song.

Her album ‘She Wolf’ was out in 2009. It featured a sound different from her previous work with elements of electropop, dancehall and world styles. It was appreciated for its different appeal.

In 2010, she sang ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’, the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with the South African band Freshlyground. The song was a super hit.

‘Sale el Sol’, her most recent album was released in 2010 in the wake of the success of the song ‘Waka Waka’. The album was critically acclaimed and was a worldwide commercial success.

Major Works

Her debut English album ‘Laundry Service’ featuring the lead single ‘Whenever, Wherever’ is her best selling album till date with a worldwide sale in excess of 20 million copies. It went Multi-Platinum in several countries.

The single ‘Hips Don’s Lie’ from the album ‘Oral Fixation, Vol. 2’ peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and also reached the No. 1 spot in 55 other countries. It became her signature song and is the best selling single of the 21st century.

Awards & Achievements

She has won two Grammy Awards: Best Latin Pop Album (2001) for ‘MTV Unplugged’ and Best Latin Pop/Alternative Album (2006) for ‘Fijaci�n Oral Vol. 1’.

She is the proud recipient of eight Latin Grammy Awards including Best Pop Vocal Album in 2010 for ‘Sale el Sol’.

Personal Life & Legacy

She was in a long term relationship with lawyer Antonio de la Rua for several years before calling it quits in 2011.

She is currently in a relationship with Spanish football player Gerard Pique with whom she also has a son.

She is well-known for her philanthropy and charitable works. She founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation in 1997 which funds special schools all over Columbia for poor children.

Trivia

Beatles star John Lennon was her topmost influence.

The former Miss Colombia, Valerie Dominguez is her cousin.

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Shakira awards

YearNameAward

MTV Video Music Awards

2007Most Earthshattering CollaborationBeyoncé Feat. Shakira: Beautiful Liar (2007)

Shakira biography timelines

  • // 2nd Feb 1977
    She was born as Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll to Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid. She had several half-siblings from her father’s previous marriage.
  • // 1991
    Her debut album ‘Magia’ was released in 1991. It included songs she had written since she was eight. The album did not do well commercially.
  • // 1993
    Her second album ‘Peligro’ was out in 1993. Even though this album performed better than its predecessor, still it was a commercial failure. After releasing this album, she took a break to attend classes and graduate from high school.
  • // 1996
    She was back to the music scenario in 1996 with her third album ‘Pies Descalzos’. The album spawned six hit singles and received favourable reviews from critics. She went on the Tour Pies Descalzos to promote her album.
  • // 1997
    She is well-known for her philanthropy and charitable works. She founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation in 1997 which funds special schools all over Columbia for poor children.
  • // 1998
    Her next album ‘Donde Estan los Ladrones?’ was out in 1998. It featured Latin Pop style music with elements of rock en Espanol. The album became of the highest selling Spanish language albums in the U.S. with sales of over 7 million copies worldwide.
  • // 2001
    She made her foray into the English language market with the album ‘Laundry Service’ in 2001. The album was characterized by Latin rock and Latin pop styles and its lead single ‘Whenever, Wherever’ topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
  • // 2005
    Her Spanish album ‘Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1’ was released in June 2005. It was followed by the release of the English album ‘Oral Fixation, Vol. 2’ in November the same year. The single ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ from the latter peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and became her signature song.
  • // 2009
    Her album ‘She Wolf’ was out in 2009. It featured a sound different from her previous work with elements of electropop, dancehall and world styles. It was appreciated for its different appeal.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, she sang ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’, the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with the South African band Freshlyground. The song was a super hit.
  • // 2010
    ‘Sale el Sol’, her most recent album was released in 2010 in the wake of the success of the song ‘Waka Waka’. The album was critically acclaimed and was a worldwide commercial success.
  • // 2010
    She is the proud recipient of eight Latin Grammy Awards including Best Pop Vocal Album in 2010 for ‘Sale el Sol’.
  • // 2011
    She was in a long term relationship with lawyer Antonio de la Rua for several years before calling it quits in 2011.

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Shakira's FAQ

  • What is Shakira birthday?

    Shakira was born at 1977-02-02

  • Where is Shakira's birth place?

    Shakira was born in Barranquilla

  • What is Shakira nationalities?

    Shakira's nationalities is Colombian

  • Who is Shakira spouses?

    Shakira's spouses is Gerard Piqué

  • Who is Shakira childrens?

    Shakira's childrens is Milan Piqué Mebarak

  • Which company or organization was founded by Shakira?

    Shakira was the founder/co-founder of Pies Descalzos Foundation, ALAS Foundation

  • How tall is Shakira?

    Shakira's height is 157

  • Who is Shakira's father?

    Shakira's father is William Mebarak Chadid

  • Who is Shakira's mother?

    Shakira's mother is Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado

  • What is Shakira's sun sign?

    Shakira is Aquarius

  • How famous is Shakira?

    Shakira is famouse as Singer