Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977
), known as Shakira,
is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
Born and raised in Barranquilla
, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin, Arabic
and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities.
In the early 1990s, Shakira emerged in the music industry of Colombia
though she was little-known outside of the country; her first two studio efforts were
met with a poor critical reception.
She rose to prominence in Latin America with her official debut studio album
Her second album Dónde Están los Ladrones?
(1998) sold over 7 million copies worldwide.
Shakira is currently in a relationship with the Spanish
football player Gerard Piqué
centre back for FC Barcelona
and the Spanish national team.
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