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 : Sep 01,2016   10:30 pm
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    Updated On : May 26,2016   11:18 pm
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    Updated On : Apr 29,2016   12:02 pm
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    Updated On : Apr 13,2016   5:36 pm
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    Updated On : Mar 26,2016   1:26 pm
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    Updated On : Mar 03,2016   5:34 pm
Film: "Zootopia"; Voices of: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Don Lake, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons, Idris Elba, Tommy Chong, Alan Tudyk and Shakira; Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore; Rating: ***1/2 View More..

B-Town wishes 'honest, clean' Farah Khan on her birthday

    Updated On : Jan 09,2016   2:50 pm
Mumbai, Jan 9 (IANS) Bollywood celebrities including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, filmmaker Karan Johar and Simi Garewal have wished the "super" filmmaker Farah Khan on her 51st birthday on Saturday. View More..

Harry Styles can become world's biggest artiste: Jay Z

    Updated On : Jan 04,2016   5:22 am
London, Jan 4 (IANS) Rapper Jay Z intends to make One Direction member Harry Styles "the biggest artiste in the world". View More..

South Asian body outraged over mistrial in Indian grandfather's case

    Updated On : Nov 06,2015   1:12 pm
Washington, Nov 6 (IANS) A leading South Asian community organisation has expressed "outrage" over the declaration of a second mistrial in the case of an Alabama police officer charged with slamming an Indian grandfather to the ground. View More..

Disney's 'Zootopia' to have new major characters

    Updated On : Oct 27,2015   8:00 am
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    Updated On : Sep 26,2015   3:20 pm
New York, Sep 26 (IANS) Singer Shakira, who has two sons, says that it is not easy to be a mother. She calls it the most difficult thing she has ever done in life. View More..

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    Updated On : Aug 18,2015   8:34 pm
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Shakira enters world of 'Zootopia'

    Updated On : Aug 15,2015   3:02 pm
Los Angeles, Aug 15 (IANS) Grammy Award winning singer Shakira has also joined actors Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin as the voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studios's forthcoming entertainer "Zootopia". View More..

Athiya, Sooraj walk IBFW ramp hand-in-hand

    Updated On : Aug 08,2015   9:02 pm
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Our stars must endorse Indian designs on red carpets: Falguni-Shane Peacock

    Updated On : Aug 06,2015   1:54 pm
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Egyptian dancer, singer in trouble for 'obscene acts'

    Updated On : Jul 28,2015   8:12 pm
Cairo, 28 July (AKI) An Egyptian belly dancer and a singer are in prison awaiting to trial on charges of "inciting obscenity, spreading depravity and shameful acts", the Arabic Youm7 website reported on Tuesday. View More..

Fridays become 'New Music' day globally

    Updated On : Jul 10,2015   7:26 pm
New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Music, which has been releasing on different days of the week in various countries -- from Mondays in markets such as France and Tuesdays in the US, will now be unveiled on Fridays universally by most record labels, starting July 10. The initiative will be beneficial to consumers the most, say experts. View More..

Shakira, America Ferrera slam Donald Trump for 'racist' remarks

    Updated On : Jul 03,2015   1:48 pm
Los Angeles, July 3 (IANS) Singer Shakira and actress America Ferrera are the latest celebrities to speak out against Donald Trump's recent "hateful and racist" comment about Mexican immigrants. View More..

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    Updated On : May 23,2015   3:16 am
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PFDC-The Boulevard to take online route for expansion in India

    Updated On : Apr 20,2015   5:28 pm
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