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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2 1977), known simply as Shakira , is a Colombian contralto singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer, dancer and philanthropist who has been a major figure in the pop music scene of Latin America since the mid-1990s. She speaks fluently English, Portuguese (Brazilian Portuguese), Spanish, some Arab, French and Italian. In 2001, she broke through into the English-speaking world with the release of Laundry Service, which sold over fifteen million copies worldwide. Shakira is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, according to BMI. http://www.bmi.com/musicworld/entry/535199 BMI.com ...

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