Incendiary Colombian Shakir
Hot as fire, energetic as an erupting volcano, talented, like all the gods of Olympus, a loving mother and beloved wife. All this is Shakira, who really does not need special ideas. Her fiery songs are understood on all continents, and passionate dances and super shows give people a festive mood. That is what she dreamed about.
Shakira was born in Colombia, which was associated only with the drug trade and writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, February 2, 1977. She was the only child in the family, but her father (Lebanese by nationality) had eight more children from her first marriage. Shakira’s veins contain a mixture of Spanish, Italian and Lebanese blood, which is probably why artistic talents appeared very early in her.
At three years old, the girl learned to read, at four she already began to write poetry, and in singer Shakiravosem composed the first song “Your dark glasses”. This composition was born to her after one of her older brothers died in the accident, and her father began to wear dark glasses to hide his grief under them.
At an early age, her mother took the girl to school, but she was not accepted, she was too small. The following year, she was again brought to an educational institution, where a commission gathered to assess the knowledge of the girl. The teachers were amazed, they considered the child a child prodigy and immediately enrolled in the classroom. Now the singer’s IQ is 140 points and is considered one of the highest among artists.
Parents strongly supported her daughter’s desire for creativity – her father bought her a typewriter to write poems, and her mother accompanied her to all local competitions and concerts in which the girl performed and won. At school, she sang in the choir (although the teacher said that her voice sounds like a lowing goat), then she began to engage in ballance and fell in love with the scene. She was drawn by the singer Shakira there as a magnet, already in childhood she realized that she wanted to seriously engage in music and sing her songs.
At one of the performances in her native Barranquilla, Shakira met the theater producer Monika Arias, who was so impressed with her songs that she decided to help the girl in her career advancement.
Choosing an opportunity, Monica asked the producer of Sony Colombia to listen to the singer. He did not refuse, and moreover, he liked Shakira’s style and manner of performance. Remained the smallest thing – to convince the top management of the company to pay attention to the Colombian singer. But the musical bosses considered Shakira unpromising.
The producers did not give up and persuaded them to come to the concert of the singer in Bogota, where she had by then moved with her mother. Three songs were enough for such a famous record label to sign a contract with Shakira and release the first album “Magia”.
Exit to a new level
This was the first victory on the way to her dream, from which the young performer could feel dizzy, but she did not catch a star fever, rather the opposite. Her first recordings did not have mass success, so she began to work even harder, study English, study English poetry and memorize the songs of Bob Dylan, singer Shakira, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Police, The Rolling Stones and Nirvana, to enter the English-speaking audience. The girl reviewed all the performances of Madonna and Michael Jackson to be inspired by their determination.
With a dictionary in her hands, she meticulously composed words into lines, and lines into couplets. Shakira simply could not entrust this to someone else, it is not in her character. She wrote new songs in a tougher style and rhythm, which were included on the barefoot album. It has sold over 5 million copies, it has already become at least a small, but a victory.
Then Shakira was the same blonde, singing simple songs, like many, but she wrote them herself and was different from others in her frenzied Latin American temperament and sensuality. So far, most of her songs have been in Spanish and Portuguese, although this did not stop the public at concerts in France, Turkey or Canada from understanding their meaning and feeling all the energy and positive charge that Shakira brought from the stage.
Latin American Breakthrough
Popular magazines called Shakira in 1996 “Man of the Year” and “Woman of the Year”, Shakira with a guitar leading she became the first Colombian citizen to conquer very distant countries – Spain, Portugal and even Japan. It was a real Latin American breakthrough. The audience was looking forward to the new album of the singer and this psychologically pressed Shakira, she felt her responsibility to the audience and wanted to justify their hopes. Almost all the material for recording the disc was ready, and then something irreparable happened – at the airport someone stole a suitcase with texts and notes.
Gathering her will into a fist, Shakira set about creating new songs in tandem with producer Emilio Estefan. Exactly 9 months later, the album “Where are the thieves?”, Which became platinum five times, became one of the best-selling Latin American albums, and on the first day 300 thousand copies were sold. Popularity among the American audience before her…