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"Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll" (born February 2 1977) is a Colombian Latin pop singer-songwriter. She is known for songs such as "Estoy Aquí", "Ciega, Sordomuda", "Ojos Así", "Whenever, Wherever", "Underneath Your Clothes", "La Tortura", "Hips Don't Lie" and her provocative dancing style which primarily features her hips.


Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia to a Colombian mother of Italian and Catalan descent, Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado, and an American-born father, William Mebarak Chadid, of Lebanese Catholic descent. She was one of seven siblings, one of which is her road manager. Shakira began writing and composing music at the age of eight. One of her first songs was called "Tus Gafas Oscuras" (''Your Dark Glasses''), which was about her father's grief over his son who had died in a car accident. At the age of ten, Shakira tried out for her school choir, but she was not taken because her voice was "too strong." She was teased by her friends for sounding similar to a goat. As a result, Shakira started looking for other singing opportunities, and competed in a weekly te...

Background solo singer
Born February 2 1977
Origin Barranquilla, Colombia
Genre pop-rock
Years active 1991–present
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