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- Me, Myself, and I
'The stage never felt strange to me. It's always seemed like my territiory... Like the lion in the jungle. I'm the little lion of that wooden stage.'
Birth Name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Birthdate: February 2, 1977
Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia
Father: William Mebarak (a jewler/clock salesman)
Mother: Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado
Awards: 2000: Grammy; Best Latin Pop Performance, Shakira; MTV Unplugged
Fact: Her name is Arabic for "woman full of grace"
Shakira is perhaps the most recognizable and certainly, the most intriguing voice in Latin pop/rock today...
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As if we needed any more reason to love her!
Shakira has just pledged over $45 million to charity.
Through the Latin America for Solidarity Foundation, ALAS, which means wings in Spanish, which she co-founded, she will donate $40 mill to repair damage caused by an earthquake in Peru and a hurricane in Nicaragua.
She also announced on Thursday, during a chat at Bill Clinton's big pow wow in NY, that she was also spearheading a three-year, $5 million commitment for projects for children in the region, where about 40 percent of the population lives in poverty.
"I've seen first-hand many of the challenges facing Latin America," she said in a statement. "These are challenging problems that no one person can address, but working together everyone can help make a difference."
Amen, Shaki. Amen!
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A fan threw her a teddy bear with a letter on it during her concert in Vienna for the Oral Fixation Tour.
And she answered!
First of all I wanted to thank you for the beautiful letter you wrote me.
It’s a special one for me and I really liked the way you were writing and expressing your feelings. You really touched me with your words and you made me smile.
When I was reading the letter I had to think back. About me and how difficult but also beautiful it was. I think we have a lot in common. Not only because of our dreams and fears."
I’m really surprised that a young girl like you has so many thoughts about so many things. I wasn't expecting that. Maybe this is another thing we can share.There is always something going on in my head too. Sometimes I really had to say:"Stop, we talk tomorrow" otherwise I would get no sleep =)
Oh and don’t be scared, your english is good enough and I was able to read everything without any problems =)
Now you can start learning spanish *g*
Although we don’t know each other in person I’m really happy that I was able to help you. Fans like you give me the power and support I need to stand it and I’m happy that I also can give some strenght to you.
You’ve got a wonderful dream Ewa and I totally understand your fears and doubts, but you have to go for it. I know it’s difficult, especially if some important people around you don’t believe in what you are doing, but you have to keep on fighting and listen to your heart. If you work hard and believe in yourself, I’m sure you’ll reach it.
And then you have to send me some autographs for me and the band. That's a command. =)
Speaking of the band, I can start answering your questions:
Everybody is great and I’m also well again, thank you.
The work with the band is great fun and we nearly never have problems together. Sure sometimes we have some little quarrels and conversation problems but I think that’s totally normal.
It’s like with your sisters or brothers. The relationship is great and you love them but sometimes you have to become a bit louder. =)
Yes Antonio is also doing good. He is with me most of the time and he also enjoys traveling a lot. Thank you for asking.
At the moment I’m a bit stressed and I can't get enough sleep. My timetable is full and I’m always in a hurry.... Oh, by the way.
I want to take this as an excusion for all the grammar mistakes I made in this letter. =) Today I was just sleeping for some hours and I have so many things in my head so I hope you’ll turn a blind eye for me.
Well at the beginning of the tour everything was great, but later the problems became bigger and bigger because of my illness. We had to cancel concerts and find new dates and so on, but that’s life. But the worst thing was that the guys went shopping and I had to cure my illness. =(
For the rest I’m doing good. I suffer a bit of aching muscles because of all the movements I do on stage but it’s not that bad.
Well, now I really have to quit. Guess what ? I’m in a hurry =)
Some last words:
I think you’re a wonderful person with a beautiful character and I wish you all the best for your future. May all your dreams become true. And like you said it right: "Never lose your hope!"
I send you a big embrace,
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Shakira to Wed??
Shakira will wed fiance Antonio De La Rua in September, according to reports.
The Beautiful Liar singer, 30, will allegedly tie the knot with the 34-year-old Argentine lawyer - the son of former Argentine president Fernando de la Rua - at a lavish mansion in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The pair - who have been engaged for six years - have been dating since 2000.
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Announced engagement to Antonio de la Rua, son of the present President of Argentina. [March 2001]
Is the youngest of eight siblings.
Shakira is Arabic for "grateful" or "full of grace."
Is of Colombian and Lebanese and Macedonian heritage.
Named her album "Laundry Service" because when she is in love she feels "clean and fresh"
Has an IQ of 140!
Fluent in Portuguese, Italian, and English, in addition to Spanish and Arabic
Hates to wear jewelry.
Her Lebanese grandmother taught her the art of Arabian Belly Dancing so she can stay true to her middle eastern roots
Has perfect pitch (the ability to recognize any note upon hearing it or sing any note without prior to hearing it)
Her manager for Latin America, Patricia Tellez, the woman who helped her go from being local artist to Grammy-winning global artist, died of a heart attack in Bogota on 17 August 2004.
Ranked #9 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
She likes chocolate.
Father's name is William Mebarak Chadid and mother's name is Nidia del Carmen Ripolli Torrado.
Her mother is half Colombian and half Italian and her father is American with Lebanese and Macedonian ancestry.
She has 5 half brothers Alberto, Edward, Moises, Tonino and Robin and 3 half sisters Ana, Lucy and Patricia.
Steven Spielberg offered her the role of Elena Montero in The Mask of Zorro (199 back when he was originally in talks to direct it. But, she turned the offer down because she felt that not only was she a bad actress, but her English wasn't good enough.
When she was two years old her oldest half-brother died in an accident while he was riding a motorcycle and a drunk man hit him with his car.
Her oldest half-sister Lucy is a surgeon, Alberto, her half-brother, is a lawyer, Moises is the third child, Tonino is the fourth child and the closest to Shakira, having worked many years as her road manager. Then is Patricia who lives in Spain, she is a special education teacher, and finally there is Antonio and Edward, the youngest who lives in Miami.
The first English song she wrote was Objection, from the album Laundry Service.
She loves to eat corozos, a little Colombian fruit that is sweet-sour.
Lost her suitcase with all her songs from Donde Estan Los Ladrones in an airport in Bogota Colombia. This happened a couple of months before she walked into the recording studio to begin on that album.
Mattel put out several Barbie dolls inspired by Shakira and her look.
Her album 'Fijacion Oral Vol.1' is #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums Chart in September 2005.
Attended La Ensenanza School in Barranquilla.
Her English language album 'Oral Fixation 2' will be released in November 2005.
Lists John Lennon as her #1 musical influence.
Her cousin is fashion designer and Miss Colombia 2006 Valerie Dominguez Tarud
Ranked as #76 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Was featured as #15 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002)
Has homes in the Bahamas and Miami
She was attached to play Mimi in a television mini series based on the Broadway musical, with Neil Patrick Harris as Mark Cohen, Wilson Cruz
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- Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 (13) tracks
- Fijación Oral Vol. 1 / Oral Fixation Vol. 2 (0) tracks
- Grandes Éxitos (15) tracks
- Laundry Service (13) tracks
- Live And Off the Record (10) tracks
- MTV Unplugged. (11) tracks
- Magia (8) tracks
- Oral Fixation Vol. 2 (11) tracks
- Peligro (0) tracks
- Pies Descalzos (11) tracks
- The Remixes. (12) tracks
- ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? (11) tracks
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