By the late '90s Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll,
born in Barranquilla, Colombia, daughter of a
Lebanese immigrant, became a celebrity in the
Latin pop/rock scene. She started composing
songs at a young age, making her first record in
her early teens. After "Magia" and "Peligro" and by
the time "Pies Descalzos" was locally released,
Shakira had the opportunity to join a Latin artists
showcase in Miami, Florida. Soon after she began
taking over America in her own way, naked and
with her well-known sensitive side, captivating a
new generation with her irresistible and genuine

On August 12, 1999 and with a group of talented
instrumentalists, Shakira made her
Grammy-winning "Unplugged" at Manhattan
Center Studios' Grand Ballroom in New York City.
In addition, "Dónde Estan Los Ladrones" achieved
platinum status eight times and her live shows
became one of the most exciting and successful
experiences in the pop music field.  Owner of a
sincere and eloquent enthusiasm, Shakira is
always giving off a lively and touching energy. She
is determined to take over a new generation eager
of new sensations. A mission not hard to
accomplish since she is one of the most popular
faces in pop music. Shakira's long-awaited first
English album called "Laundry Service" debuted in
the third place among the top-selling records in the
U.S.  In 2004, the singer/songwriter decided to
take some time off to compose songs for  "Fijación
Oral Vol. 1" and "Oral Fixation Vol. 2".  In the
meantime "Live & Off The Record", comprising live
moments from her Mongoose Tour is released by
Sony Music. In  2005 "La Tortura", recorded along
Alejandro Sanz, became one of the most
played songs of the year, as well as 2006 "Hips
Don't Lie" with Wyclef Jean. In 2009 Shakira
returns with "
She Wolf". After the release of a live
CD/DVD recorded in Paris, France, Shakira takes
a long break that ends in January of 2014 with
Can't Remember To Forget You", featuring
Rihanna, followed by "Empire" and "Dare (La La
La)". In January of 2016 the Latin singer released
Try Everything" from the Zootopia movie
soundtrack and in October "
Chantaje", recorded
along with
Maluma. In May of 2017 Shakira
releases her album "El Dorado".