Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, or Shakira as she is better known, is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer and philanthropist who has achieved international success since the early 1990s. She is renowned for her powerful vocal range and her incredible dance moves which have earned her the nickname “The Queen of Latin Music”. She was born on February 2nd 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia and has been performing since she was four years old. Shakira’s career has spanned over two decades and she has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. Her music combines elements of rock, Latin pop, hip hop and reggae while her songs often feature themes of love, relationships and self-empowerment. Her signature dance move – shaking her hips vigorously , since her hips apparently do not lie, has become an iconic part of her performances. Shakira is truly an incredibly talented artist who is shakin and singin to her own beat.