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shakiraBirth name   Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Born   February 2, 1977    Barranquilla, Colombia
Genres   Latin pop, rock en Español, pop rock, alternative, world, dance
Occupations   Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, philanthropist, dancer
Instruments   Vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, percussion
Years active   since 1990
Labels   Epic, Live Nation Artists, Columbia, Sony Music Colombia
Associated acts   Alejandro Sanz, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Beyonce,
Gustavo Cerati

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born: February 2, 1977) known simply as Shakira, 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 early 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. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English, Portuguese and Italian. Read more...