Shakira is a famous singer of Colombian origin, one of the most successful Latino women at the world pop scene. Shakira's music is characterized by an idiosyncratic style - a mix of pop, latino, and folk, and her performances always constitute actual shows shaped by oriental dance and dramatic elements.
Shakira Isabel Merabak Ripoll (this is the full name of the singer) was born on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia. The girl was the only child of Nydia Ripoll and William Shadid, but she has 8 half-brothers and sisters from her father's another marriage. Her dad is Lebanese by birth, whose ancestors once came to New York, and her mother has Spanish and Italian roots.
Shakira as a child
The future celebrity grew up surrounded by books, musical rhythms and precious stones (her father owned a large jewelry store). When still a little baby, Shakira began to show interest in literature and music guided by her parents. Her father, William, was quite educated and even wrote books. As early as 1.5 years old the girl knew the alphabet, at the age of three she learned how to read and write, and aged four she was ready for school.
Little Shakira was a very intelligent child
Later, specialists tested Shakira and unanimously declared that she was a child prodigy. The mother of the future singer believed that her daughter would become an artist or a writer, for the girl painted a lot, and at the age of four, she began to write poetry. At the age of eight, Shakira wrote her first song, "Your dark glasses" dedicated to the death of one of her brothers.
In school, an active and beautiful girl was predicted the career of a ballerina or a dancer, because she simply adored performing oriental dances and often performed on stage. Then the rising star won a young talent contest.
At school Shakira was predicted a career of a dancer
A few years later, a journalist named Monica Arias introduced Shakira to Syro Vargas, an official from Sony Music. The man was impressed by the girl's talent for singing, and after a short consideration, he signed a contract with her. The girl began to combine her studies with the recording of her first album "Magia".
By the way, at first Shakira sang in the school choir, but soon she was kicked out because one of the teachers said that her voice was like a goat bleating.
First steps toward fame
As early as at the age of 14, with the release of her first album, the charming and talented Colombian became popular – first in her hometown, and then in the whole country. In 1993, Shakira was the representative of Colombia at the Chilean music festival and took third place with her own song "Eres" ("You").
At the age of 14, Shakira released her first album
The following year the young singer released her second album "Peligro" ("Danger"). From a commercial point of view, the album was unsuccessful. In addition, Shakira had to make concessions with managers when recording it, which caused the disc to lose its idiosyncrasy. Despite the unfulfilled expectations, after graduation, the girl took up the creation of the third album.
A year after the first album, Shakira released her second album
This time, she and her mother moved to Bogota, the capital of Columbia, where she received an invitation to play the main role in the series "Oasis."
In 1994, Sony representatives wanted to break the contract with the singer, but at that moment, the girl presented her song called "Dónde Estás Corazón?" ("Where are you, heart?"), which instantly became a hit.
The heyday of Shakira's musical career
In the autumn of 1996, Shakira, with a modest budget at her disposal, presented her third studio album "Pies Descalzos" ("Bare feet"). Finally, it was a huge success, thousands of sold discs, an army of fans and the first world tour.
Shakira - Dónde Estás Corazón
In 1996, Shakira was named the "Woman of the Year" and "Person of the Year." She has become the first Colombian to «conquer» overseas countries. She was very warmly received in Japan in particular. Then the girl received awards from the Billboard Music Awards.
In 1996, the singer became the "Woman of the Year"
Meanwhile, the public was waiting for the fourth album of the singer. When the material for the disc was ready, a suitcase with lyrics was stolen by an unknown person. But still, the album "Dónde Están los Ladrones?" ("Where are thieves?") did not take long to wait. This disc has become platinum five times, and for the first day of sales, fans have bought out 300,000 copies. For 11 weeks it was the best Latin American album on the chart.
Shakira – Waka Waka
In 1999, the singer received her first Grammy nomination for "Best Latin American Rock / Alternative Album", and in 2001, she released a recording of a live version of the songs "MTV Unplugged". This album made Shakira popular in the US, and the success was reinforced by the Grammy Award received the same year.
Then came the time for an international album. The disc "Laundry Service" whose songs were for the most part in English, won over the American charts, and the first single "Whenever, Wherever" made Shakira a world star. This disc that reached the status of platinum in US three times, had other memorable songs, which for many people stay the most favorite in Shakira's repertoire up to this day. This are "Underneath Your Clothes", "The One" and "Objection (Tango)."
Shakira – Whenever, Wherever
Shakira managed to demonstrate the amazing possibilities of her voice, but many - both critics and Latin American fans - were dissatisfied with the fact that the singer preferred American pop music to authentic folk motives. Nevertheless, from a commercial point of view, this was undoubtedly a breakthrough. And so the young star moved in this direction. Soon, she recorded a few songs for Pepsi commercials.
In 2005, Shakira released a disc in Spanish "Fijación Oral Vol. 1 ", singles of which were famous mainly in Spanish-speaking countries. The same year, the album was «translated» into English - "Oral Fixation Vol. 2" with singles "Hips Do not Lie" and "Illegal ", which became mega-popular. The girl went on a world tour and gave 150 concerts in 37 countries.
Shakira - Hips Don't Lie ft. Wyclef Jean
In 2007, the singer moved even further, receiving the MTV VMA award and the Grammy nomination for "Beautiful Liar" sung with Beyoncé. Since that moment, her constant collaborations with other pop stars have begun – she sang with Annie Lennox, Steve Wonder, and Asher.
Shakira and Beyoncé
After a long break in her career in 2009, Shakira released the album "She Wolf," the one unlike anything before in her discography - it was more electronic. This did not prevent the disc from becoming popular, and the single of the same name won over the hearts of many listeners.
In 2010, the singer was honored to record the official song for the World Cup, which was held in South Africa. From the track "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", it really turned out to be a real hymn to positive vibes and joy.
Shakira recorded the official song for the FIFA World Cup
In the fall of 2010, followed the next CD of the singer "Sale el sol." She recorded songs in both Spanish and English, and «Loca» became the most popular. The album became quite successful and won 13 nominations for Billboard de la Musica Latina.
Shakira - Loca (Spanish Version) ft. El Cata
In 2012, Shakira replaced Christina Aguilera in the chair of the judge on the popular vocal show "The Voice." In 2014, she released her tenth album "Shakira." Especially popular was the track and video recorded with Rihanna – "Can not Remember to Forget You".
Shakira's personal life
In 1997, the singer's love affair with fashionable actor Oswald Rios became known. Lovers hid their feelings in public, but everyone knew about their relationship. However, this story did not last long – the pair broke up 8 months later.
In 2000, Shakira started a relationship with Argentine President's son Fernando de la Rua Antonio. A year later, the young man proposed to the singer. The lovers planned to get married, but Shakira said that this was all rumors. Nevertheless, their relationship lasted long enough. Only in January 2011 Shakira officially announced the breakup with Antonio.
Shakira and Fernando de la Rua Antonio
«For almost 11 years we have loved each other ... These were the most beautiful years of our life ... Meanwhile, since August 2010, our love affair was temporarily interrupted by mutual consent, although we continued to work together, keeping the incident a secret», – she said.
Shakira with her husband Gerard Piquet
On the set of the video "Waka Waka" the girl got acquainted with the defender of "Barcelona" Gerard Pique. They are together since autumn 2010, however, the lovers told about their relationship only in March 2011. Soon they moved to Barcelona, and in 2013, their first baby, Milan Piqué Mebarak, was born. In January 2015, another son Sasha followed.
Gerard Piquet with sons
In 2016, the singer released the first single from the next album - "Me Enamoré". In 2017, she released a CD called "El Dorado." The album was warmly received by listeners and was sold well too. In support of the record, a tour was organized, which lasted until February 2018.
In 2017, Shakira presented the new albun «El Dorado»