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", "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 the
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 "
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".