File - Shakira
CAIRO – 1 June 2018: Heartthrob Colombian-Lebanese singer Shakira announced the cancellation of her performance in Tel Aviv which was planned to be in July 9.
Shakira’s decision was in response to BDS’s (the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) campaign which asked the renowned pop singer to cancel her concert after the killing of 58 Palestinians by Israeli forces at the same time of the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
BDS asked Shakira not to sing to such an unjust regime that prevents Palestinians from their human rights and their dreams. Pro-Palestinian activists and the BDS supporters praised Shakira’s response to their call.
Hailing from Colombia, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born to a Colombian mother and Lebanese father in 1977, and honors this dual-heritage in her music by fusing Latin and Arab visuals and sounds, creating the look that everyone knows as “Shakira”. This has gone some ways in explaining her massive international appeal.
Music was what Shakira was born to do; she wrote her first song when she was only eight years old, by the time she was 13 had already signed her first record deal. Unfortunately, her first two albums didn’t sell too well, prompting Shakira to step in and do things how she wanted; this turned out to be just what she needed, as her next release, 1996’s “Pies Descalzos” (Bare feet) sold over 3 million copies. Shakira was on her way to becoming a world superstar.
The world famous singer and beauty icon, Shakira is married to Barcelona football star Gerard Pique. Shakira released world- famous hits such as “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Whenever, Wherever”, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, “Can’t Remember to Forget You”, “She Wolf”, and “Beautiful Liar” among others.