Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter.
After having emerged on the Latin American scene by performing in the 1990s, she enjoyed international success from 2002 thanks to the title Whenever, Wherever and the album Laundry Service. Famous for her songs mixing Latin pop and world music, she is also renowned for her dancing skills that she uses in her concerts and music videos (oriental dance, merengue, tango).
The songs Whenever, Wherever and Hips Do not Lie are his two biggest hits with respectively 5 and 8 million copies sold, ranking No. 1 in thirty countries. In 2010, she sang Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), which was chosen by FIFA as the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and became the best-selling single in the history of this event (more five million copies). Holding the record of sales for a Colombian artist3 (80 million), she is also the only Latin American artist to have simultaneously placed a title in the first place of the charts American, Australian and British.
Its humanitarian work is also recognized, notably through its association Pies Descalzos (en) 6, which helps disadvantaged children whose families have been victims of armed groups, by offering them access to education. Many of his personal profits (especially those related to advertising) are returned to him.
Shakira has received numerous awards, including 3 Grammy Awards, 13 Latin Grammy Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the world’s best-selling music artists. She is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
On her music, Shakira has said that, “my music, I think, is a fusion of many different elements. And I’m always experimenting. So I try not to limit myself, or put myself in a category, or… be the architect of my own jail.” Shakira has frequently stated she is inspired by oriental music and Indian music, which influenced many of her earlier works. She has also been influenced by her Arabian heritage, which was a major inspiration for her breakthrough world hit “Ojos Así”. She told Portuguese TV, “Many of my movements belong to Arab culture.” She also cites her parents as having been major contributors to her musical style. She is also strongly influenced by Andean music and South American folk music, using her native instrumentation for her Latin dance-pop songs.
Her earlier Spanish albums, including Pies Descalzos and Dónde Están los Ladrones? were a mix of folk music and Latin rock. Her cross-over English album, Laundry Service and later albums were influenced by pop rock and pop Latino. “Laundry Service” is primarily a pop rock album, but also draws influences from a variety of musical genres. The singer credited this to her mixed ethnicity, saying: “I am a fusion. That’s my persona. I’m a fusion between black and white, between pop and rock, between cultures – between my Lebanese father and my mother’s Spanish blood, the Colombian folklore and Arab dance I love and American music.”
The Arabian and Middle Eastern elements that exerted a high influence on Dónde Están los Ladrones? are also present in Laundry Service, most prominently on “Eyes Like Yours”/”Ojos Así”. Musical styles from different South American countries surface on the album. Tango, a style of fast-paced ballroom dance that originated in Argentina, is evident on “Objection (Tango)”, which also combines elements of rock and roll. The uptempo track features a guitar solo and a bridge in which Shakira delivers rap-like vocals.
She Wolf is primarily an electropop album that combines influences from the musical styles of various countries and regions, like Africa, Colombia, India, and the Middle East. Shakira termed the album as a “sonic experimental trip”, and said that she researched folk music from different countries in order to “combine electronics with world sounds, tambourines, clarinets, oriental and Hindu music, dancehall, etc.” Her 2010 album, Sale el Sol, is a return to her beginnings containing ballads, rock songs, and Latin dance songs like “Loca”.
Shakira stated that John Lennon was her number one and biggest music influence. As a child, Shakira was influenced by rock music, listening heavily to rock bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Nirvana, The Police and U2, while her other influences included Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Marc Anthony, Meredith Brooks and The Cure.
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