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In Arabic her name means woman full of grace and she is definaetly that Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 9 1977 in Barranquilla Columbia Her mother was Columbian and her father was Lebanese Because her father was a hundred percent Lebanese she was greatly influenced in the Arabic culture I was so in love with that rock sound but at the same time because my father is of l00 Lebanese descent I am devoted to Arabic tastes and sounds Somehow Im a fusion of all of those passions and my music is a fusion of all of them Shakira said Shakira grew up listening to many different american bandsI was born and raised in Colombia but I listened to bands like Led Zeppelin the Cure the Police the Beatles and Nirvanar Because of that it is beleived that is why Shakira is so popuilar all over the world she can be heard and enjoyed by all different groups Shakira wrote her first song at the age of eight and at the age of ten she was winning local and national talent contests she can also speak three languages spanish english and lebanese At the tender and innocent age of 13 Shakira left home to pursue a career in modeling While pursueing her modeling career in Bogata she ended up signing a recording contract with Sony Music Columbia In 1991 at the age of fourteen she released her debut album Magia which means magic in english every song was self written This album and her follow up Peligro Danger were not as successful as her later albums Before recording Peligro she returned to secondary school high school to finish her schooling In 1994 Shakira appeared on a Columbian soap opera El Oasis shortly after that she returned to writing and recording her music once again Shakira broke into the Latin
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