Shakira Bio & Profile, a Successful Latin American Artist

Colombian musician Shakira is known internationally for the hit singles “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, and “La bicicleta”. She is an award-winning singer who established herself as the highest-selling Columbian artist of all time. Her performance is noted for her poetic-rock-pop music with Latino and Arabic influence along with her signature belly dance moves.

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 2, 1977 to Lebanese father and Colombian mother, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll grew up listening to music from both cultures and influenced by English-language rock music. The Police, Nirvana, and Led Zeppelin are her favorite bands. Her musical talent developed at the very young age; she was only 8 when she wrote her first song and joined some talent contests at the age of 10. She also started playing guitar when she was 11. In 1990, she moved to Bogotá in order to start modelling, but she was found by a local producer who then guided her signing a record deal with Sony Corp. Shakira’s first two albums Magia (1991) and Peligro (1993) were somewhat successful, making her improved every aspects and came back with the third album, Pies descalzos (1995). The album came with the hits “Estoy aquí” and “Pienso en ti”.

Her name rose to fame with Dónde Están Los Ladrones? (1998) (translated as “Where are the thieves?”) which earned her Latin Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Rock Vocal Performance. She continued working in American music industry, recognized for her spectacular performances. In 2001, the album Shakira: MTV Unplugged (2000) was sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, making her received her first Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. In the same year, Shakira launched her English-language album Laundry Service that successfully sold 13 million copies around the world. It was also featured chart-topper hits “Underneath Your Clothes” and “Whenever, Wherever”. The success followed by the album Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005) and Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005) with the hit single “Hips Don’t Lie”. Shakira then went on concert tour before releasing new single “She Wolf” that featured in the album of the same name. The hard work she put in the album was paid off by topping the Billboard album charts in 2009 and certified platinum in the following year. She soon became a worldwide superstar with the FIFA World Cup 2010 theme song, “Waka Waka (This Time to Africa)”.

As the highest-selling Colombian singer for all-time, Shakira’s album sales had reached more than 70 million by 2012. In 2013, she appeared as the judges in NBC’s The Voice season 4 along with Adam Levine, Usher, and Blake Shelton. Besides coaching, she continued to dominate the music chart and took home another Grammys. She also performed in the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show with Jennifer Lopez.