Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a singer and songwriter from Barranquilla, Colombia. She was born to a Lebanese father and a Colombian mother. Known simply as Shakira, the artist was born on February 2, 1977, which makes her 44 years old as of 2021.
She started out her career with her debut album, Magia, in June 1991, which was released under Sony Music Colombia when she was just 13 years old. She followed up Magia with Peligro in 1993 and Pies Descalzos in 1995. In 1998, she released her last Spanish-only record, Dónde Están Los Ladrones?, before moving into the English-language market with 2001’s Laundry Service.
Colombian musician Shakira’s musical style is characterized by a blend of pop, rock, and Latin music, with elements of electro-pop and R&B thrown in. The pop star is known just as much for her dance moves as for her hit songs – at concerts, she can be seen belly dancing while giving a flawless vocal performance.
Since the 2000s, Shakira has stayed in the spotlight as one of the most successful international artists of all time.
She has released over 145 songs, sold over 75 million records, received three Grammy Awards and 12 Latin Grammys, gotten a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and even been appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. At one point in December 2006, she even received the key to Miami. She’s a Latin pop legend, and there’s plenty to know about her.