Shakira is a colombian songwriter, singer , dancer and business woman. A Colombian musician who succeeded in the Spanish and English markets and became one of the famous successful recording artists in Latin America in the early 21st century.
Shakira was born in Columbia in 1997 and has shown amazing musical talent since childhood. Her father motivates her to write songs and create lyrics. When she was seven years old, she showed extraordinary talent in singing and dancing. In her grandmother’s Lebanese restaurant, she studied and developed a dance routine. Although born in Colombia, her father is a Lebanese.
Shakira, who has a Lebanese father and a local mother of Colombia, began belly dancing from an early age and began writing songs and participating in talent competitions at the age of 10.
As a child, her voice is very strong, and some people criticize it as “too powerful”. However, Shakira caught the attention of sound producers and she began recording her own album.
A local theater producer helped her to audition with a Sony executive in 1990, and then Shakira signed the record contract. However, her first two albums, Magia and Peligro, have only achieved some success. After recording the break, performing in the Latin soap opera El Oasis, Shakira restored her musical career in an impressive way with Pies descalzos .The album produced several popular songs, including “Estoyaquí”, “Pienso en ti” and “Un poco de amor”.
Her 1998 album “DóndeEstánLosLadrones?” was very influential and shifted her from local stars to a global fan support and international populatity. By the beginning of the 21st century, she had entered the English music market. She learns English and writes and records her own songs, making Spanish and English albums.
In 2001, her album “MTV Unplugged” won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Album, and in the same year released her first English album “Laundry Service”.
In that year’s Latin Grammy Awards, she won the single “La tortura” and Fijación word of mouth, the first volume of the annual song and the best record of the year. Also won, Grammy Award for “Best Latin Rock Album”.
For her next English album “She Wolf” Shakira uses electronic pop music. In the second year, after working with the South African Band, she won another international hit with the South African Band and was selected as the official song of the 2010 World Cup. The song later release on her easily eclectic Sale el sol (2010) and won the Latin Grammy best female pop album. In addition, El Dorado also launched the single “La bicicleta”, sang with Carlos Vives then won the Latin Grammy Award, and became the best record of the year and the best song of the year.
In personal life, she has two children in her relationship with football player Gerard Piqué Mebarak. Shakira gave birth to her first son on January 22, 2013, and gave birth to her second son on January 29, 2015. The couple happily lives in Barcelona, Spain.
Achievements and Legacy
She has created countless albums for her own albums and has become the best-selling Colombian singer of all time.
In addition to music, she is involved in many charity projects, especially in her hometown of Colombia, where the country is struggling to recover from a long-term civil war. Shakira provided funding for her educational charity (Naked Foot Foundation, named after her first album). When asked why she spent a lot of time on charity projects, she replied that she feels that it was important when she grew up in developing countries and realized that the gap between rich and poor was huge.
She was one of the top five best-selling artists of the year 2000. Shakira also performed at the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009. Obama also asked her to participate in the Hispanic Education Excellence Committee – an advisory group that advises the president and education secretary.
Shakira spends considerable time and energy on social careers. In 2003, she became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, on international travel, raising awareness of the struggle for children in less developed countries. She also founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a foundation dedicated to helping Colombian children displaced by violence.