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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 9, 1977 in
Barranquilla, Colombia. She is the daughter of a Colombian mother and a Lebanese
father whose Arabic background greatly influenced his daughter.
Shakira's love and talent for music was apparent at early age when she started
winning local and national talent contests at age 10. Shakira moved to Bogota to
become a model, and instead emerged with a recording contract for Sony. Her
debut album "Magia", released in 1991 when she was just 14, consisted entirely
of self written songs. Shakira appeared on the Colombian soap opera El Oasis
beginning in 1994, but returned to music the following year.
For the millions that already bought her albums, Shakira is already the voice of
a new generation. She is perhaps the most recognizable and certainly the most
intriguing voice in Latin pop-rock music today. Shakira recorded the
phenomenally successful "Pies Descalzos", a smash hit album, which has sold
close to four million copies worldwide. She became an international sensation,
touring for almost solid two years, playing her songs to sold-out audiences
throughout the world. In Brazil alone, "Pies Descalzos" sold an excess of
Shakira was chosen among dozens of female Latin singers to grace the cover of
Time Magazine in a recent article titled "Era of the Rockera".
Last year, the Colombian government designated Shakira as an official goodwill
ambassador, and the Pope granted her an audience in the Vatican. She was named
Latin Female Artist of the Year at the World Music Awards in Monaco.
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