Shakira at American Airlines Arena September 27

Without question, Shakira is Colombia's hottest export since blow and plastic surgery. (Oddly, she doesn't indulge in either.) Now in the business of donning belly shirts and shaking her moneymaker, the blond beauty has certainly come a long way from the quiet, dark-haired quasi-hippie on Pies Descalzos or the dreadlocked singer-songwriter on ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?. Not that there's anything wrong with those early incarnations. Even in the very beginning, Shakira showed exceptional talent as both a composer and a performer.

But let's face it, en Barranquilla se baila así! And she's become a household name everywhere from South America to Senegal, amassed millions of sales worldwide, racked up more Grammys and other awards than anyone cares to count, and established a very successful charitable foundation, Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation), dedicated to providing children with access to education. It's been 20 years since we first met Shakira. And this week, she'll give SoFla fans not one but two chances to catch her live.


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