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Bio Graphy Of Shakira
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll professionally known as Shkira is a Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s.She was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia and was also brought up there. Shakira became awared of her many talents in her school life such as a live performer, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Middle Eastern influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker but she is also a very good English and Portuguese speaker. She is proficient in Italian.
She is the only child of Nidya del Carmen Ripoll Torrado and William Mebarak Chadid. She has eight older half-siblings from her father’s previous marriage. Much of her youth is spent in Barranquilla. Shakira has a great IQ of 140. At the age of 4 she wrote her first poem named as “La Rosa De Cristal” which means “The Crystal Rose”. She got the inspiration from his father writing stories on the typewriter and asked for a typewriter as her birthday gift. At the age of 7 she got a typewriter and she goes on writing poetry. Her poems gradually evolve into songs and at the age of 8 she wrote her first song “Tus gafas oscuras” which means “Your dark glasses”. This song was inspired from her father as he used towear dark glasses for many years to hide his grief behind them. She went to a Middle East restaurant with her father when she was four and there she heard the doumbek for the first time. It is a traditional drum which is used in Arabic music and which typically accompanied belly dancing. At that time shakira didn’t know that but she still get on a table and started dancing. Then she came to know that she wants to be a performer. She used to sing for her teachers and schoolmates but in the second grade she was rejected for the school choir because of her strong vibrato. She was known as a belly dancer at the school as she performed her number learned infront of them and according to Shakira this is how she discovered her passion for live performance.
When she was eight her family had to face some financial crisis and her father took her to a local park where some orphans live. From there she got the inspiration to help the orphans. Between the ages of ten and thirteen Shakira had gained some recognition in the area. During this period she met a local theater producer Monica Ariza who got impressed by her talent and decided to help her career. Her first audition was held in Bogota which was arranged by the Sony Colombia executives and she performed three songs for them and they were so impressed that they signed her to record three albums.
Shakira’s debut album was Magia which was recorded by Sony Music in 1990 and she was only thirteen years old at that time. The album was released in June 1991 and featured “Magia” and three other singles. The album did not fare well commercially as only 1,200 copies were sold worldwide. However it gives shakira much exposure. Shakira was invited to perform at Chile’s Viña del Mar International Song Festival in February 1993. It was a talent show which gives aspiring singers a chance to perform their songs and the winner was then chosen by a panel of judges. Shakira won the third place trophy for the ballad “Eres” which means “You Are”. Ricky Martin was one of the judges who voted for shakira.
Shakira’s second album was released in march but it also didn’t fare well as Shakira refused to advertise it. Shakira gave a break to the recordings so that she could graduate from high school. Shakira starred in the Colombian TV Series “The Oasis”, loosely based on the Armero tragedy in 1985.Shakira originally recorded the song “¿Dónde Estás Corazón?” for the album Pies Descalzos in 1995 which was released exclusively in Colombia. The hit singles “Estoy Aquí,” “Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos” and “Dónde Estás Corazón” brought great popularity to her.
Sony gave Shakira $100,000 after the success of her single “¿Dónde Estás Corazón?” to produce the album since they predicted that the album would not sell past 100,000 copies. After this Shakira began producing her own music. Highly influenced by the American alternative market and British groups the album’s songs are melodic, musically surprising and gritty, with intellectual lyrics and an electronic/acoustic blend that effectively broke the formulaic mold of Latin pop with an authentic sound that hadn’t been heard before.
The album Pies Descalzos, was released in October 1995 in South America and in February 1996 internationally. This album was debuted at number one in eight diffirent countries but on the U.S Billboard 200 it was only at 180 and reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. There were six hit singles in the album which were “Estoy Aquí” which reached number two on the U.S. Latin chart, “¿Dónde Estás Corazón?” which reached numebr five on the U.S. Latin chart, “Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos” which reached number eleven on the U.S. Latin chart, “Un Poco De Amor” which reached number six on the U.S. Latin chart, “Antología” which reached number fifteen on the U.S. Latin Pop Songs chart and “Se Quiere, Se Mata” which reached number eight on the U.S. Latin chart. In August 1996 the album was certified platinum status by RIAA.
Tour Pies Descalzos was her first international tour which consisted of 20 shows. In 19997, Shakira received three Billboard Latin Music Awards for Album of the Year for Pies Descalzos, Video of the Year for “Estoy Aqui” and Best New Artist. One million copies of the album were sold in Brazilian market so her album of remixes has Portuguese versions of some of her well known songs.
Her second official studio album was ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones? which was produced entirely by Shakira herself and Emilio Estefan, Jr. as the executive producer. The album was released in September 1998 and it was inspired by an airport accident in which a suitcase full of her own written lyrics was stolen. This album was a much bigger hit than Pies Descalzos. Allmusic and Rolling Stone both gave the album a four out of five stars rating. This album got the 131 number on the U.S. Billboard 200 and held the top spot on the U.S. Latin Albums chart for eleven weeks. Over 1.5 million copies were sold in U.S. alone which makes it one of the best selling spanish albums.Shakira received her first Grammy Award nomination in 1999 for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. Shakira’s first live album was MTV Unplugged which was recorded in New York City on August 12, 1999 and highly acclaimed by American critics, it is rated as one of her best-ever live performances. This live album earned the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album in 2001 and gained sales of five million worldwide. In March 2000, Shakira embarked on her Tour Anfibio, a two-month tour of Latin America and the United States. She won MTV Video Music Award in the now-defunct category of People’s Choice — Favorite International Artist for “Ojos Asi” in August 2000. On September 9, 2000 Shakira performed “Ojos Así” at the inaugural ceremony of the Latin Grammy Awards where she was nominated in five categories which were Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for MTV Unplugged, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for “Octavo Dia”, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video for the video for “Ojos Asi” but she won only two of the awards. Shakira’s this performance of “Ojos Asi” at the awards show was voted as the Greatest Latin Grammy performance of all time.
“Whenever, Wherever” is an English crossover which was produced by Shakira and it was an international success by reaching number one in most countries. It was also her first success in the U.S. by reaching number six on the Hot 100.
Shakira’s third studio album and first English language album Laundry Service was released on November 13, 2001. This album debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart selling over 200,000 records in its first week and it was later certified triple platinum by the RIAA in June 2004 as well. This album establishes Shakira’s musical presence in the North American market. Seven songs from the album became international singles which were “Whenever, Wherever”, “Underneath Your Clothes”, “Objection”, “Te Anuncio”, “The One”, “Te Dejo Madrid”, “Que Me Quedes Tú” and “Poem To A Horse”. Shakira also was criticized by her Latin fans for seemingly abandoning her folk and rock roots in favor of contemporary American pop music. Despite this fact, the album became the best selling album of 2002, selling more than 20 million copies worldwide and became the most successful album of her career to date. She has also released four songs for pepsi for her promotion in English market.In November 2002 , Shakira embarked on the Tour of the Mongoose with 61 shows occurring by May 2003. In 2002, Shakira joined the likes of Cher, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Anastacia, and the Dixie Chicks for VH1 Divas Live Las Vegas. In September 2002, Shakira won the now-defunct International Viewer’s Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards with “Whenever, Wherever”. Shakira also won the Latin Grammy Award for the category of Best Short Form Music Video for the Spanish version of the video. In October of that year, she won five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America for Best Female Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best Artist — North (Region), Video of the Year (for “Suerte”), and Artist of the Year. In November 2002, Shakira’s label Sony BMG released her Spanish greatest hits compilation Grandes Éxitos. A DVD and ten-track live album, called Live & Off the Record, was also released in 2004, reaching sales of 3 million worldwide, and commemorating the Tour of the Mongoose.
Shakira’s fourth studio album, Fijación Oral Vol. 1, was released in June 2005. The lead single from the album, “La Tortura” reached the top 40 of on the Hot 100 after being released in April 2005 and receiving large scale success on radio. The song also featured the Spanish balladeer Alejandro Sanz. It also spent a record of twenty-five weeks at number one on the U.S. Latin chart. Shakira became the first artist to perform a Spanish language song at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005 as well. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 157,000 copies in its first week. Four other singles were also released from the album. “No”, “Dia De Enero”, “La Pared” and “Las De La Intuición”, with each single reaching number one in countries worldwide. On February 8, 2006, Shakira won her second Grammy Award with the win of Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for Fijación Oral Vol. 1. Shakira received four Latin Grammy Awards in November 2006, winning the awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year for “La Tortura”, Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Fijación Oral Vol. 1. Fijación Oral Vol. 1 has since sold over 5 million copies worldwide.Shakira appeared at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal, where she performed “Don’t Bother”, the lead single from the album Oral Fixation Vol. 2 minutes before winning an award in the category of Best Female Artist.
“Hips Don’t Lie”, featuring Wyclef Jean, was released as the album’s second single in February 2006. The song went on to become the highest selling single of the 21st century and became Shakira’s first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, in addition to reaching number one in over fifty-five countries. Shakira and Wyclef Jean also recorded a Bamboo version of the song to serve as the official theme of the FIFA World Cup 2006. Shakira embarked on the Oral Fixation Tour, in June 2006. The tour consisted of 125 shows between June 2006 and July 2007. Shakira also performed on July 9, 2006 at the FIFA World Cup final in Germany.
“She Wolf”, the lead single from Shakira’s sixth studio album, premiered on July 13, 2009. The single was successful worldwide, reaching number one in Latin America, number two in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Estonia and Spain, number three in Switzerland and Austria, number four in the UK, France and Greece, number five in Canada and Belgium, number six in Finland, number nine in Japan, and number eleven in the US. She Wolf was released in October 2009 internationally and on November 23, 2009 in the U.S. The album has been moderately successful worldwide, having been certified Gold in Russia, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland, France, Argentina, Greece, and Hungary, Platinum in Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East, 2x Platinum in Colombia and Mexico, and 3x Platinum in Taiwan. In May 2010, it was confirmed through Shakira’s official website that she will embark on a global tour.
Shakira collaborated with the South African group Freshlyground to create the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, which is based on a traditional Cameroonian soldiers’ Fang song named “Zangalewa” by the group Zangalewa or Golden Sounds. The single later reached the top 20 in Europe, South America and Africa and the top 40 in the U.S. and was performed by Shakira at the World Cup kick-off and closing.Sale el Sol has been released as Shakira’s seventh studio album on October 19, 2010. Shakira revealed that the music on the album would reflect influences from both the Dominican Republic and Colombia. She said “It’s a little more Latin on one side and a little more rock ‘n roll on the other side”. Shakira is currently on tour in support of her two most recent albums, in addition to performing a string of older hits.
In 2003, Shakira wrote a song called “Come Down Love” with Tim Mitchell for the Hollywood movie The Italian Job starring South African actress Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg, but the song was not included on the soundtrack of the same name. In late 2006, Shakira and Alejandro Sanz collaborated for the duet Te lo Agradezco, Pero No, which is featured on Sanz’ album El Tren de los Momentos. In early 2007, Shakira worked with American R&B singer Beyoncé for the track “Beautiful Liar”, which was released as the second single from the deluxe edition of Knowles’ B’Day. In April 2007, the single jumped ninety-one positions, from ninety-four to three, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, setting the record for the largest upward movement in the history of the chart at the time.
Shakira performed on January 18, 2009 at the Lincoln Memorial “We Are One” festivities in honor of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She performed “Higher Ground” with Stevie Wonder and Usher. She also performed during the evening of January 20, 2009 at the Neighborhood Ball for the President’s inauguration. The song she performed was Van Morrison’s “Bright Side of the Road”. It featured Shakira on harmonica.
Shakira is well known for her dancing in various music videos and in concert. Her moves are based on the art of belly dancing, a part of her Lebanese heritage. She often performs barefoot. Shakira says she learned this form of dance as a young teen to overcome her shyness. She also mentioned in a MTV interview that she learned how to belly dance by trying to flip a coin with her belly. The intense training has afforded her a fluidity in her body movement most seen in the videos to her hits “Ojos Así”, “La Tortura”, “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Whenever, Wherever / Suerte”, “Beautiful Liar” “and “She Wolf / Loba”. She has had several belly dance choreographers, including award-winning Bellydance Superstar Boženka. As the MTV Making the Video for “La Tortura” reveals, she worked with Jamie King on the choreography but ended up creating most of it herself.In 1995, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation. It is a Colombian charity with special schools for poor children all around Colombia. It was funded by Shakira and other international groups and individuals. The name of the foundation is taken from Shakira’s third studio album called Pies Descalzos, released in 1995. She has agitated against the implementation of the Arizona statute SB1070 against illegal immigration, saying that it goes against civil rights. Shakira is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is one of their global representatives. On April 3, 2006, Shakira was honored at a United Nations ceremony for creating the Pies Descalzos Foundation. At the event, the singer said, “Let’s not forget that at the end of this day when we all go home, 960 children will have died in Latin America.”
Shakira served as the Honorary Chairperson for “Action Week” 2008 (April 21–27). The event is sponsored by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), to generate awareness about the Education for All Act. She spoke with the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and World Bank President Robert Zoellick to promote a move towards Global Education. Shakira was also ranked at number 48 on the list of Top 50 Most Charitable Celebrities by OK! magazine.
Shakira is Roman Catholic. She currently lives in The Bahamas. In 2000, she started dating Antonio de la Rúa, a romance that made headline news throughout Latin America and in March 2001 he proposed to her. In June 2010, Latin American media speculated that the couple had finally split up. Shakira’s future mother-in-law Inés Pertiné claimed the wedding would take place in September 2010 in the mansion which Shakira owns in the Dominican Republic, but the wedding did not happen. Antonio de la Rua and Shakira remain engaged. A Twitter update from her on September 4, 2009 stated “We are neither married nor fighting. We are very together and very good. 9 years!”. Shakira has stated their relationship already works as a married couple and that “they don’t need papers for that.”