Name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Birth Date: 02/02/1977
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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born: February 2, 1977) known simply as Shakira, (Arabic: شاكيرا) ([ʃəˈkiːrə] in English, [tʃa'kira] or [ʃa'kira] in Spanish ) is a Colombian singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer and philanthropist who emerged as a musical prodigy in the music scene of Latin America in the mid-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, which she learned from her Lebanese grandmother. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Italian, and some Arabic.