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A Short Biography of Shakira

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Shakira (Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll) was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia. Shakira knew early on that she wanted to be a professional musician and by the time she was 8, she was already writing her own songs.

The debut album of Shakia is Magia (Magic).That album was recorded with Sony Music in 1991 when Shakira was only 15 years old, but the album wasn't well received. The album Peligro (Danger) was realised by Shakira in 1993 and is an sophomore album which performed marginally better than her first, though it was still not a commercial success. Shakira decided to finish High School, after which she released her third album, in 1995 offering Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet).The album Pies Descalzos was a major success in Latin America. She sold 4 million copies of the singles Estoy Aqui­ (I'm Here), Pies Descalzos, Suegnos Blancos (Bare Feet, White Dreams), and Donde EstiĦs Corazon (Where Are You, Heart?), Shakira sold 1 milion copies of the album entitled The Remixes on the Brazilian market.

The fourth album of Shakira is Donde EstiĦn Los Ladrones (Where Are the Thieves?).She realised this album in 1998 .It was an great success and also started to open her music to non-Spanish speaking fans.

In March 2000, Shakira started her Tour Anfibio (Amphibian Tour) in the United States and Latin America and in the same year, she also won an MTV Video Music Award. In 2001, Shakira began the transition to English music and an even bigger market. Shakira worked with Gloria Estefan for over an year on the English album .The result of this work was her fifth album,named Laundry Service. This album was sold over 13 million copies. In 2002, Shakira recieved 5 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America and then she retried aut of musical life until 2005.

In 2005, Shakira returned and realised her second English album named Oral Fixation Vol. 2, which proceeded to sell over 5 million copies worldwide. In 2006 for the Spanish version Oral Fixation Vol.1, Shakira received 6 Latin Billboard Awards. Shakira is also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

by FW Editor

Tags: 1977, singer, biography, career

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 09 February '10

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