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Shakira was born to a mother of Spanish and Italian descent & an American-born father of Lebanese heritage. Shakira is also fluent in many languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese and French.
She is a devout Roman Catholic.
Shakira began writing and composing music at the age of nine. One of the first songs she had written was “Tus Gafas Oscuras”, and its lyrical message revolved around her father and his grief over a son who had passed away due to a car accident. At the age of ten, Shakira applied for her school choir, but she was rejected because her voice had been noted as “too strong.” Friends teased her by saying she sounded like a goat. Shakira was deeply hurt and considered giving up on singing, but instead of that she started looking for other singing opportunities. She decided to compete in a weekly television singing competition for children, Vivan Los NiÃƒÂ±os. Shakira won the contest.
Between the ages of ten to thirteen, Shakira was invited to various events in Barranquilla, and became a local celebrity. At that time she met local theatre producer Monica Ariza, who was impressed with Shakira and helped to make her known outside Barranquilla. During a flight from Barranquilla to BogotÃƒÂ¡, Ariza happened to be sitting next to Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas. Vargas agreed to hold an audition for Shakira, which took place a few weeks later in a hotel lobby. Vargas was impressed and returned to the Sony office and gave Shakira’s cassette to the song and artist director, but he was not excited at all, and thought Shakira was “a lost cause.”
Vargas was convinced that Shakira had talent, and set up a surprise audition in BogotÃƒÂ¡. He tricked the Sony Colombia executives to this bar, and around midnight he announced he had a suprise: Shakira. She sang three songs, and her performance was a hit. Shakira was subsequently signed to write and record three albums.
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