Shakira means "grateful". Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. She has Lebanese roots and is fluent in Portuguese, Italian, English, Spanish and Arabic. Though she was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1977. Her family is quite big as she has eight half-siblings from her father's first marriage. Her grandmother taught her how to belly dance. At the age of 13 she already recorded her first album. During her career she has won over 400 awards including 10 Latin Grammy Awards. She once dated the the son of the Argentinian president, who also showed up in her music video "Underneath Your Clothes." Shakira loves to perform barefoot at her concerts, and she founded the Barefoot Foundation. this is a charity, which focuses on helping poor and impoverished children in her home country.
Watch her single "Chantaje" from her latest album El Dorado, now: