Shakira, Shakira: Latina superstar in comeback mode treated unfairly

Shakira, Shakira: Latina superstar in comeback mode treated unfairly

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At the age of 22, she had become Latin America’s biggest pop star, with fans including Colombian Nobel Literature Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez, who declared that she had “invented her own brand of innocent sexuality”. .

To help her break out into Latin America, US-Cuban diva Gloria Estefan encouraged her to sing in English and in 2002 she went on a world tour with her first bilingual album, ‘Laundry Service’.

By this point she had gone blonde, mixed salsa and merengue with RnB, electro and hip-hop on chart-topping tracks like ‘Wherever, Wherever’, and incorporated into her routine the head-spinning hip gyrations that became her Became a trademark.

By the time she reached the World Cup in South Africa, where she met Pique and attended the closing ceremony, she was already a superstar.

In 2017, he temporarily lost his voice after bleeding in his right vocal cord and was forced to stop a world tour for seven months.

But she recovered and enjoyed a new career high in 2020 when she shared the half-time show with Jennifer Lopez during the Super Bowl.

This year he collaborated with Karol G, one of his new, young rivals on the Colombian music scene, on the reggaeton hit ‘TQG’ (acronym for ‘Too Big for You’ in Spanish).

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