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what are gifts and talents?

SHAKIRA Shaking it up “Shakira’s music has a personal stamp that doesn’t sound like anyone else’s. No one can sing or dance like her, at whatever age, with such innocent sensuality, one that seems to be of her own invention.” (


hakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, better known to the world as simply “Shakira,” was born February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her family was very poor. Shakira’s mother was Colombian and her father’s family was from Lebanon. This mixed heritage allowed her to soak up music from both cultures. Shakira has always been passionate about music. When she was nine years old, she discovered her gift for writing songs and composing music. At age 10, she tried out for her school choir but was rejected because she didn’t have the typical singing voice of a young girl. Instead, her voice was low and gritty. She didn’t let that deter her, however. Shakira began entering local competitions and won many of the talent contests in her hometown. At age 13, Shakira recorded her first album for Sony Colombia, which consisted of songs she herself had written. It sold well locally but did not gain international recognition, which was disappointing. She was even more disappointed with the pop sounds of her second album. It did not reflect the music she could hear in her mind. She became discouraged, causing her to abandon music for a while and act in a Latin soap opera. In 1995, Shakira went back to performing music with a new attitude. This time she was determined to retain far more control over her work, a difficult feat for any artist. She worked rock and roll rhythms, along with occasional Arabic tinges, into her Latin


Gifts and Talents for Teenagers  

\It’s important for middle and high school students to recognize their gifts and talents. By following the strategies in Gifts and Talents f...