Shakira Biography

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripolli, born in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 2, 1977, known simply as Shakira (meaning "Woman of Grace" in Arabic), is a singer and songwriter. Shakira was born in Colombia, to an American father of Christian Lebanese descent and a Colombian mother.

She moved to Bogot� at the age of thirteen, and released her first album, Magia (Magic) a year later on the Sony label. The album achieved moderate success in her native country. When her next release Peligro (Danger) did not fare better than its predecessor, Shakira turned to acting and played a role in a Colombian telenovela ("El Oasis"), but failed as an actress.

She returned to the music business in 1995 with the album Pies Descalzos (Barefeet), which included this song and established her commercial success. The hit Estoy Aqu� became known internationally. Following this, Shakira met Emilio Estefan, Jr., who would become the executive producer of her next album. �D�nde Est�n Los Ladrones? (Where are the thieves?) was a huge production on which over US$3 million were spent.

It was a huge success which gained wide critical acclaim and which many consider to be her best album ever. The most notable singles from the album were "Inevitable" and the worldwide mega-hit, "Ojos As�".

Shakira then focused on the English-speaking market, improving her English enough to begin writing Laundry Service. With a more rock-edged feel, the album was aimed at the international English-speaking market, although it contained some Spanish songs.

Laundry Service was a big success, best known for the infectious single "Whenever, Wherever" (English version of "Suerte"), and for being one of the top albums of 2002. Shakira is well known for intense, athletic live performances involving belly dancing, Arabic rhythms and other sensual movements. The single "Whenever, Wherever" for example, includes the now-famous lyric, "Lucky that my breasts are small and humble so you don't confuse them with mountains."

In 2002, Shakira also released the greatest hits volume Grandes �xitos. Shakira: Live & Off the Record, a DVD and a 10-song CD from her 2002-03 world tour (the "Tour of the Mongoose"), was released March 30 2004.

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    Updated On : May 16,2018   6:00 pm
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    Updated On : May 06,2018   3:40 pm
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    Updated On : Apr 11,2018   10:32 am
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    Updated On : Mar 25,2018   1:36 am
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    Updated On : Feb 02,2018   6:58 pm
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Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar win big at politically charged Grammys (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 29,2018   1:06 pm
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Shakira dragged into Paradise Papers row

    Updated On : Nov 08,2017   2:08 pm
Valletta (Malta), Nov 8 (IANS) Singer Shakira has been dragged into the Paradise Papers row after it was revealed that she transferred 30 million pounds in musical rights to an offshore firm in Malta. View More..

Shakira cancels event due to vocal strain

    Updated On : Nov 08,2017   1:18 pm
Berlin, Nov 8 (IANS) Singer Shakira has cancelled the first show of her upcoming "El Dorado" world tour due to vocal strain. View More..

'Ranchi Diaries': Lacklustre chronicles (IANS Review, Rating: **)

    Updated On : Oct 13,2017   4:08 pm
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Shakira, Pique part ways?

    Updated On : Oct 07,2017   1:02 pm
Los Angeles, Oct 7 (IANS) Singer Shakira has reportedly ended things with her boyfriend and FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique after being in a relationship with him for six years. View More..

Kangana Ranaut praises Soundarya Sharma

    Updated On : Sep 04,2017   7:14 pm
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'Superwoman' Lilly Singh appointed Unicef Goodwill Ambassador

    Updated On : Jul 15,2017   7:46 pm
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Indian-origin Canadian YouTube sensation, comedian and author, Lilly Singh was on Saturday appointed Unicef's Goodwill Ambassador at a special event here. View More..

Messi, Roccuzzo get married before 260 guests

    Updated On : Jul 01,2017   5:34 pm
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Lionel Messi marries childhood sweetheart

    Updated On : Jul 01,2017   10:54 am
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Spain to take on Colombia in football friendly match

    Updated On : Jun 06,2017   2:42 pm
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Katie Holmes enrols in Harvard University

    Updated On : Jun 05,2017   2:22 pm
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    Updated On : May 31,2017   11:42 am
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My days are numbered: Michael Caine on cancer fear

    Updated On : Mar 20,2017   5:16 pm
Los Angeles, March 20 (IANS) Legendary actor Michael Caine, 84, says he now fears dying of cancer and feels his "days are numbered". View More..

Rambles in the Red Square, a living panorama of Russian history (First Person)

    Updated On : Mar 01,2017   12:22 pm
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You're right out of my dreams: Karan tells Bipasha (Movie Snippets)

    Updated On : Jan 09,2017   2:20 pm
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