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 performances.
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 with 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".