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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), known professionally as Shakira (pronounced /ʃəˈkɪərə/, Spanish: [tʃaˈkiɾa] or [ʃaˈkiɾa]), is a Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and 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 and Portuguese and is proficient in Italian.
November 1, 2010
Shakira and Dizzee Rascal are set to perform at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) this weekend, it's been announced. The pair will perform their duet 'Loca' for the first time at the ceremony in Madrid. Read more
October 11, 2010
Plan B and Shakira are set to perform at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in Madrid, it’s been announced. They join previously announced performers Katy Perry, Kid Rock, Kings Of Leon and Linkin Park. Read more
September 2, 2010
Dizzee Rascal has defended his collaboration with Columbian singer Shakira. The pair's track, entitled 'Loca', is set to feature on Shakira's forthcoming album 'Sale El Sol'. Read more
June 28, 2010
Shakira has announced details of a UK and Ireland arena tour, set to get underway in Manchester in December 14. The singer will also play dates Dublin (December 16), Glasgow (19) and London (20) during the jaunt. Read more
April 28, 2010
Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)’ has been chosen as the official song for this summer’s football World Cup in South Africa. The singer will perform the song alongside local artist Freshlyground at the closing ceremony in Johannesburg on July 11. Read more
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