Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira’s first steps in her creative life were developed at a very early age. After achieving superstardom throughout Latin America, Colombian-born Shakira became Latin pop’s biggest female crossover artist since Jennifer Lopez. Her father is a Lebanese-American immigrant and her mother a native of Colombia of Italian and Spanish decent. Shakira revealed many of her talents in school as a live performer, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Arabic influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. In school shakira was sensible and disciplined, but also absentminded.