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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born 1977) is a Colombian singer and songwriter. She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Shakira got her breakthrough in Latinamerica and Spain as an eighteen-year-old with the album "Pies Descalzos". She later broke through internationlly with several albums. Among other things she wrote the major hit "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa" for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa.