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"Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll", is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin American music/Latin, Arabic music/Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira released her first studio albums, Magia (Shakira album)/Magia and Peligro (Shakira album)/Peligro, in the early 1990s, failing to attain commercial success; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998).

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You're a song written by the hands of God.

I want some day to be able to love with the same intensity and unselfishness that parents love their children with.

I'm Colombian and nothing will change that.

Writing songs has a therapeutic effect, and it either kills off love or wins the heart of the lover.

I always believed that women have rights and that there are some women that are intelligent enough to claim those rights. There are some others that are stupid enough not to.

Everyone can know what is in my heart because I find it hard to conceal myself.

In this life, to earn your place you have to fight for it.

I don't go out without make up. I'm a woman, you know.

It doesn't bother me to talk about my private life, it doesn't bother me to talk about anything. My life is like a glass of water, transparent.