Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (Spanish: born February 2, 1977), known
mononymously as Shakira, is a Colombian singer-songwriter who emerged in
the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Born
and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira began performing in
school, demonstrating her vocal ability withrock and roll, Latin and
Arabic influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. Shakira
is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English and
Portuguese as well as some Italian, French, Catalan and Arabic.