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  • Shakira, Shakira!

    14 posts, 7 voices, 552 views, started Feb 13, 2009

    Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009


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      Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born: February 2, 1977)[1] known simply as Shakira, (pronounced /ʃəˈkiːrə/ in English, /tʃa‘kira/ in Spanish ‭[2]) is a Colombian singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer and philanthropist who emerged as a musical prodigy in the music scene of Latin America in the mid-1990s. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira revealed many of her talents in school as a live performer, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Middle Eastern influences with her own original twist on belly dancing, which she learned from her Lebanese grandmother. Ripoll is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Italian,[3] and some Arabic.

      After a series of commercial flops with local producers on her first two albums and little-known outside Colombia, Shakira decided to produce her own brand of music: in 1995 she released 'Pies Descalzos', which brought her great fame in Latin America and Spain and marked Shakira as a musical phenomenon. But 1998's '¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?' was her breakthrough album for the artist. Since that time she began to gain more fans in non-Spanish-speaking countries like Turkey, France, Switzerland, Canada, and especially the United States. With an advance single on MTV and Vh1 in both English and Spanish, Whenever, Wherever, in 2001, she broke through into the English-speaking world with the release of Laundry Service, which sold over twenty million copies worldwide.[4] Four years later, in the same year Shakira released two album projects called Fijación Oral Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation Vol. 2 -albums similar to one another released in Spanish and Vol. 2 in English, again- the singer's success in the music industry was fortified, particularly with with her most successful song in the twenty-first century, "Hips Don't Lie."[5] She has won two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She is also the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, according to BMI.[6] She is also the only artist from South America to reach the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the Australian ARIA chart, and the UK Singles Chart.

      Shakira was to be awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which would have made her the first Colombian to receive this honor.[7]

      ‎Shakira is well known for her dancing in various music videos and in concert. Her moves are based on the art of Arabic belly dancing, a part of her Lebanese heritage: her father has a Lebanese background but was raised in Colombia. She often performs barefoot. Shakira says she learned this form of dance as a young teen to overcome her shyness. She also mentioned in a MTV interview that she learned how to belly dance by trying to flip a coin with her belly.[39] The intense training has afforded her a fluidity in her body movement most seen in the videos to her hits “Ojos Así“, “La Tortura“, “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Beautiful Liar” including “Suerte“. She has had several belly dance choreographers, including award-winning Bellydance Superstar Boženka.[40] As the MTV Making the Video for “La Tortura” reveals, she worked with Jamie King on the choreography, but ended up creating most of it herself.

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