Shakira’s biographyShakira 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.
ChildhoodShakira 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.
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.
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 fameAs 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").
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 careerIn 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.
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 the US three times, had other memorable songs, which for many people stay the most favorite in Shakira's repertoire up to this day. They are "Underneath Your Clothes", "The One" and "Objection (Tango)."
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.
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.
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.
Shakira's personal lifeIn 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.