Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

|Colombian
date of birth : 1977/02/02 | date of death :
Born on 1977/2/2,Barranquilla, Colombia ,Singer-songwriter ,record producer ,dancer ,is known as hugely successfully Colombian pop singer and dancer who has won two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards and 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia

Father's name: William MebarakChadid
Mother's name: Nidiadel Carmen RipolliTorrado
Brother: Alberto, Edward, Moises, Tonino, Robin
Sister: Ana,Lucy ,Patricia
Spouse: -
Children: Milan Piqué Mebarak

Reputation, fame, nickname:

Shaki

Personal Information:

Race or Ethnicity:Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Height:5' 2" (1.57 m)

Life events:

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia. With a Lebanese father and Colombian mother, Shakira honors both her Latino and Arabic heritage in her music. She wrote her first song at the age of 8 and signed her first record deal at 13.After her first two albums flopped, Shakira took the reins of her third album, becoming involved in every aspect of its production. Released in 1996, Pies Descalzos, meaning "bare feet," sold more than 3 million copies. The album featured her trademark sound, a blend of Latin, rock and Arabic musical styles. Her follow-up record, DóndeEstán Los Ladrones? (1998), which translates as "Where are the thieves?", reached the top of Billboard's Latin charts. Not long after, Shakira won her first Grammy Award (best Latin pop album) for Shakira: MTV Unplugged (2000).With the success of her albums, Shakira became a music superstar in the Spanish-language markets, known for her strong vocals and incredible hip-shaking belly dance moves.While hugely popular throughout much of the rest of the world, Shakira had not yet achieved a major record on the U.S. pop charts. In an attempt to increase her American fan base, in 1997, at the age of 20, the singer moved with her family to Miami, Florida, and taught herself to write songs in English. There, she enlisted Emilio Estefan, of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine fame, to act as her manager and producer.In 2001, Shakira released her first English-language album, Laundry Service, which quickly brought her the success in the United States she had been waiting for. The album reached No. 3 on the charts, selling more than 200,000 copies in its first week of release. Laundry Service's big hits included "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes."Shakira returned to the Top 10 of the albums chart twice in 2005. She released the Spanish-language Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 in June of that year, followed by the English-language Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 in November. Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 garnered Shakira her second Grammy, this time for best Latin rock/alternative album. Touring extensively, Shakira went on to release two concert albums: 2007's Live and 2008's Oral Fixation Tour. In July 2009, she put out a new single, "She Wolf," from her studio album of the same name. The album hit No. 15 on the Billboard charts in 2009, and went platinum in 2010. Around the same time, her hit "WakaWaka" from 2010's Sale el Sol became the theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Shortly thereafter, the now-global superstar headed on tour to promote her album. By 2012, Shakira's U.S. album sales had reached nearly 10 million and her worldwide album sales had reached more than 70 million. She is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan.In late 2012, Shakira was confirmed as one of the newest judges/coaches of NBC's popular singing-competition show The Voice. Along with R&B singer-songwriter Usher, Shakira made her Voice debut on the show's season 4 premiere, which aired on March 25, 2013. Replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, Shakira and Usher joined returning judges/coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. "Usher and Shakira are coming into it as a big frickin' institution," Levine said in late 2012, according to The Huffington Post. "So it's different, but it still feels good, because they're legitimate artists."Shakira quickly became popular with TV audiences. Both she and Usher will not be part of the show's fifth season, however. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will back for that season. But Shakira and Usher are expected to return for the following round of The Voice. This way Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will be able to take another break from the show for their musical careers.Outside of her busy career, Shakira created the Pies Descalzos Foundation to help children in her native Colombia. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and was honored by the United Nations' International Labor Organization for her philanthrophic efforts in 2010. Shakira is in a relationship with Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué. The couple welcomed their first child together on January 22, 2013. They named their son Milan, which means "dear, loving and gracious" in Slavic; "eager and laborious" in Ancient Roman; and "unification" in Sanskrit, according to a statement on Shakira's website. Shakira previously dated Antonio de la Rua, son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua. In April 2013, de la Rua made headlines when he sued the Latin songstress for $250 million, charging that he had helped create some of his ex's hit songs as well as the "Shakira brand."

Education:

University of California, Los Angeles(2007–2007)

Occupations and Career:

Shakira is a singer-songwriter ,record producer and dancer.
Shakira started belly dancing at an early age and by age 10 had begun writing songs and taking part in talent competitions. A local theatre producer helped her land an audition with a Sony Corp. executive in 1990, and Shakira was subsequently signed to a record deal. Her first two albums, Magia (1991) and Peligro (1993), were only moderately successful, however. After taking a break from recording to act in the Latin soap opera El oasis, Shakira resumed her music career in impressive fashion with Pies descalzos (1995). The album produced several hits, including “Estoyaquí,” “Pienso en ti,” and “Unpoco de amor.” After releasing ¿Dóndeestán los ladrones? In 1998, Shakira focused her efforts on establishing herself in the American market. In 2001 her album MTV Unplugged (2000) won the Grammy Award for best Latin pop album, and she released her first English-language album, Laundry Service, that same year. Although her English-language songwriting skills were questioned by some (Shakira wrote all her own lyrics), Laundry Service sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. Shakira continued her crossover success in 2005 with the release of the Spanish-language Fijación oral, vol. 1 in June and the English-language Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 in November. Both albums debuted in the top five in the United States, and her single “Hips Don’t Lie” (featuring Wyclef Jean) topped charts around the world in 2006. At that year’s Latin Grammy Awards, she captured song-of-the-year and record-of-the-year awards for the single “La tortura,” and Fijación oral, vol. 1 was named album of the year as well as best female pop vocal album. A live recording, Oral Fixation Tour, followed in 2007. Also that year Shakira performed in Hamburg as part of Live Earth, a worldwide concert series organized to bring attention to climate change and environmental sustainability. For her next English-language album, She Wolf (2009), Shakira adopted an electro-pop sound. The following year she scored another international hit with “WakaWaka (This Time for Africa),” a collaboration with a South African band, after it was chosen as the official anthem of the 2010 World Cup. The track later appeared on her breezily eclectic Sale el sol (2010), which earned a Latin Grammy for best female pop vocal album. In 2013 Shakira became a coach on the American televised singing competition The Voice.

Awards /Honors:

  • American Music Awards
  • Billboard Music Awards
  • Brit Awards
  • Echo Awards
  • Grammy Awards
  • Ivor Novello Awards
  • Juno Awards
  • Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica
  • MTV Asia Awards
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
  • MTV Video Music Awards
  • MuchMusic Video Awards
  • NRJ Music Awards
  • People's Choice Awards
  • Teen Choice Awards
  • World Music Awards

Works:

Discography:

  • Magia (1991)
  • Peligro (1993)
  • Pies Descalzos (1995)
  • DóndeEstán los Ladrones? (1998)
  • Laundry Service (2001)
  • Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005)
  • Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005)
  • She Wolf (2009)
  • Sale el Sol (2010)

Hobbies and personal interests:

Horseback riding, soccer, singing, listening to music, reading, writing, dancing and art.

Quotes and Memoirs:

  • I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when I will give my heart.
  • I always believed that women have rights and that there are some women that are intelligent enough to claim those rights. There are some others that are stupid enough not to.
  • I'm lucky to have family around me. Otherwise, I'll be taking the risk of falling in love with myself.
  • Writing songs has a therapeutic effect, and it either kills off love or wins the heart of the lover.
  • I don't go out without make up. I'm a woman, you know.
  • I'm more afraid of marriage than death.
  • In this life, to earn your place you have to fight for it.
  • It doesn't bother me to talk about my private life, it doesn't bother me to talk about anything. My life is like a glass of water, transparent.
  • The worst mistake of a woman is to go to the kitchen, because then she never gets out of there.
  • You can't achieve anything in life without a small amount of sacrifice.
  • I admire a person who, for the love of art, is able to take off their clothes in front of a camera. But I'm not capable, I'm too cowardly for that.
  • Because of you, I'm running out of reasons to cry.
  • I admire Madonna because she always did whatever she felt like doing. She went through some controversial periods when people rejected her, but she kept on reinventing herself.
  • People think I like to expose my body. But I don't. It's just because the dance moves require it.
  • My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.
  • It's not easy to work with me, I recognize that. It's not easy if those people aren't as perfectionistic as I am.
  • I'm Colombian and nothing will change that.

References:
http://www.biography.com/people/shakira-189151?page=2
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1258478/Shakira
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/shakira.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakira