Timeline of a Colombian singer, songwriter, and dancer known for her distinctive voice and energetic performances that blend Latin, pop, and rock influences. She rose to international fame with hits like Hips Don t Lie and is recognized for her philanthropic efforts alongside her successful music career.


February 02, 1977


Barranquilla, Colombia




Universidad de los Andes


02 February 1977

Birth of Shakira

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, known as Shakira, is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer. She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and her unique blend of Latin, rock, and Arabic musical influences have made her one of the most prominent Latin artists in the world.


06 October 1995

Release of 'Pies Descalzos'

Shakira's third studio album, 'Pies Descalzos,' was released, marking a turning point in her career. The album gained critical acclaim and commercial success, establishing her as a prominent figure in Latin music.


30 August 2001

International Success with 'Laundry Service'

Shakira's fifth album, 'Laundry Service,' was her first to be primarily in English and brought her significant international success. Hit singles like 'Whenever, Wherever' became worldwide successes and helped to expand her global fan base.


17 June 2006

Performance at the FIFA World Cup

Shakira performed 'Hips Don't Lie' at the FIFA World Cup final in Berlin, Germany. The song became synonymously linked with the 2006 World Cup and is one of her most iconic performances.


07 December 2009

Speaking at Oxford Union

Shakira was invited to share her views on education at the prestigious Oxford Union. Her philanthropic efforts, including her work with the Barefoot Foundation, have been instrumental in improving education for underprivileged children around the world.


07 May 2010

Release of 'Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)'

Shakira released 'Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),' the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The song became a massive hit, enhancing her reputation as a global music icon and one of the best-selling singles of all time.


09 May 2011

Appointed to Presidential Advisory Commission

Shakira was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, which aimed to advance the educational attainment of the Hispanic community.


27 June 2017

Announcement of the El Dorado World Tour

Shakira released her eleventh studio album, 'El Dorado,' which won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. The subsequent tour included a global route and notable moments, despite a vocal cord hemorrhage that postponed several dates.


02 February 2020

Super Bowl Halftime Show Performance

Shakira co-headlined the Super Bowl LIV halftime show with Jennifer Lopez. Their performance was met with critical acclaim and viewed by millions, becoming one of the most talked-about moments in recent Super Bowl history.


14 July 2021

Spanish Tax Fraud Allegations

Shakira faced allegations of tax fraud in Spain for reportedly failing to pay €14.5 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014. The issue highlighted her legal challenges and brought significant media attention to the financial affairs of high-profile individuals.

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