On February 2nd in 1977, little Shakira Isobel Mebarak Ripoll was brought
into this kind, fun-loving world in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her
parents decided to name her Shakira, which means "Woman full
of grace" in Arabic. They could have not dreamt of how well this
name described the now 23 year-old Rock singer. By the age of
10 Shakira had already conquered the art of writing songs and
had written over 40 songs. In hopes of becoming a singer,
she decided to leave her poverty-stricken family at the age of 13.
She moved to Bogota to become a model and later hoped to become
a singer. While on a long flight with some of her friends, her
friends urged her to take out her guitar and start singing some of
her music. After much pleading, she agreed. Not knowing that a Sony
Record Producer had been sitting nearby, he listened attentively.
Sony then offered her a record deal and she grasciously accepted.
When she turned 14, her first album, "Magia", was release (Only in
Colombia). Her second album, "Peligro" was released later. Both were
were unsuccessful. After these tragic outturn of events, Shakira decided
to start acting. Within a year, Sony wanted to record another record. They named it "Pies Descalzos".
It was recorded in 1995. Several months later "Estoy Aqui" gained lots of airplay around Latin America.
The CD sold over 4 million copies in several different countries. Shakira was nominated for a Grammy
award and won a World Music Award. In 1998, Shakira released a follow up album
named "Donde Estan Los Ladrones?". This album was even more
successful and made her the well known super star she is today. In the
year 2000, Shakira released an unplugged version of her biggest
hits, which also gave her a lot of attenti
on. At the Latin Grammy
Awards she was nominated 5 times, but only walked away with 2
awards for "Best Female Rock Performance". She is
recognized all over the world today and you can hardly ever
turn to a Spanish station without hearing one of her many songs.
Interesting Facts On Shakira