Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, professionally known as Shakira, is a Colombian singer and songwriter born on February 2, 1977. She comes from a diverse background with her mother being Colombian of Spanish-Italian descent and her father being American of Lebanese-Italian descent.
From a young age, Shakira displayed her passion for music by writing songs and belly-dancing. At just 14 years old, she released her first album and continued to release successful Spanish-language albums. However, it was in 2001 that she gained worldwide recognition with the English-language "Laundry Service" album.
What sets Shakira apart is not only her musical talent but also her linguistic abilities. Fluent in Spanish, English, Italian, and Portuguese, she effortlessly connects with audiences around the globe through her captivating performances.