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) 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.
Four years later, in the same year Shakira released two album projects called Fijación Oral Vol. She has won two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, and has been Golden Globe-nominated.
Shakira was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia.
She is the only child of Nidya del Carmen Ripoll Torrado, a Colombian of Italian and Spanish ancestry, and William Mebarak Chadid who is of Lebanese descent. Her second name, Isabel, is also that of her paternal grandmother, meaning "my God is my oath", "my God's house" or "my God is abundance", and her name is even and simply a Spanish given name for Elizabeth. She spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located in northern Colombia.
On returning to Barranquilla, she was shocked to find that much of what her parents owned had been sold; as she later said "In my childish head, this was the end of the world." To show her that things could be worse, her father took her to a local park to see orphans who lived there, sniffing glue.
The images stayed with her and she said to herself "one day I’m going to help these kids when I become a famous artist." It was at about this time that she met local theater producer Monica Ariza, who was impressed with her and as a result tried to help her career.
Although little known outside of her native Colombia, Shakira was invited to perform at Chile's Viña del Mar International Song Festival in February 1993. Shakira's first live album, MTV Unplugged was recorded in New York City on August 12, 1999.