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Colombian Latino Singer - Shakira (Nicknames include Shak and Shaki)
born : Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia
- 2nd of February, 1977
famous for : Her popularity with both her English and Spanish language pop music and her magic hips. Her belly dancing is admired by both men and women worldwide. Shakira also founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation in Colombia (which means Bare Feet Foundation) to support the education of poor children.
lives: Colombia


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Shakira was born as Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on the 2nd of February, 1977 in Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia. Her mother is Nidya del Carmen Ripoll Torrado of Colombian/Italian/Spanish decent and her father William Mebarak Chadid is of Lebanese decent.

Shakira started singing and dancing from an early age and was always encouraged to express herself by her parents. She was called "the belly dancer girl" at school as she would often sing and/or dance.

Her first album was recorded with Sony Music in 1991. It was called Magia and Shakira was just 14 years old. Her 2001 English language album called "Laundry Service" was a major commercial success for Shakira, making her known worldwide. The singles "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes" were number one hits in many countries around the world.

Shakira has used her commercial success and fame to found the Pies Descalzos Foundation, which means Bare Feet Foundation in English. The organization was found by Shakira in 1995 and helps poor children in Colombia. Barefoot Foundation's mission is "The Barefoot Foundation works to ensure that every Colombian child can exercise their right to a quality education. Our model targets displaced and vulnerable communities by addressing their unique needs." Their vision is "
To demonstrate a sustainable, replicable education model that provides quality education to Colombia’s most vulnerable people, thereby unlocking their intellectual, emotional and social potential."



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