Shakira Mebarak holding a football in 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

Shakira-The Versatile Lady

Born and raised in Barranquilla-Colombia, Shakira is a hugely popular Colombian pop singer who is known for the hits “Whenever, Whenever” and Hips Don’t Lie.”


This article is about the famous musician commonly known as Shakira. Her name is based on Spanish words while she is a Colombian. She is known for her versatile personality.

Shakira Mebarak

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Quick Facts of Shakira

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 2, 1977 (age 37) in Barranquilla, Colombia. As an occupation, she is a singer-songwriter, record producer, choreographer, model, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She has an active command of different musical instruments like guitar, drums, percussion and harmonica.

Early life of Shakira

She began to show her talents by demonstrating Latin, Arabic and Rock and Roll influences and belly dancing abilities. With a Lebanese father and Colombian mother, Shakira honors her Latino and Arabic Heritage in her music. Shakira was lucky to write her first song at a very young age of and got her first chance to become a singer was at 13.  She was blessed with the success of her albums and became a music superstar in the Spanish-Language markets. Her vocals and incredible hip-shaking belly dance move and amazingly famous.

Shakira Mebarak

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Career of Shakira

Shakira released her first studio albums in 1990’s named as “Magia” and “Peligro” which failed to attain commercial success. However, her third album” Pies and Descalzos” means “bare feet” was released in 1996 and fourth album “Donde Estan Los Ladrones” in 1998 which means “Where are the thieves?”. She entered the English-language market with her fifth album “Laundry Service” in 2001. Its lead single “Whenever Whenever” became the best-selling single in 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums namely “Fijacion Oral, Vol.1” and “Oral Fixation, Vol. 2” in 2005. One of these albums contains the best-seller of 21st century “Hips Don’t Lie”. The other two albums “She Wolf” (2009) and Sale el Sol” received critical praise but suffered limited promotion due to her strained relationship with label Epic Records. Her official song for the FIFA World Cup 2010, “Waka Waka, This Time for Africa” became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all times.
Her tenth album Shakira (2014) is preceded by its lead single “Can’t Remember to Forget You”.

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Awards Of Shakira

Shakira Mebarak


Shakira has been awarded five “MTV Video Music Awards”, two “Grammy Awards”, eight “Latin Grammy Awards”, seven “Billboard Music Awards”, twenty-eight “Billboard Latin Music Awards” and “Golden Globe”-nominated. She has a star on “Hollywood Walk of Fame” and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time having sold more than 60 million records worldwide.

Personal Life of Shakira

Shakira Mebarak

Shakira is in a relationship with Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué. The couple welcomed their first child together on January 22, 2013. They named their son Milan- dear, loving and gracious” in Slavic; “eager and laborious” in Ancient Roman; and “unification” in Sanskrit.

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Social Activities of Shakira

Outside this music industry, Shakira created the Pies Descalzos Foundation to help children in her native Colombia receive a quality education.  Shakira is also involved in philanthropic activities through charity work and benefit concerts notably “Pies Descalzos Foundation”, her performance at the “Clinton Global Initiative” created by former U.S. President “Bill Clinton” and her invitation to the Oval Office by President “Barack Obama” in February 2010 to discuss early childhood development.

I always ask myself, what was the real purpose to my life? I always knew it was not to shake it endlessly, you know what I mean?
Words by Shakira.

She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and was honored by the United Nations’ International Labor Organization for her philanthropic efforts in 2010. As of 2014, she is listed as the 58th most powerful in the world by Forbes.

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