Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born in the coastal town of Barranquilla, Colombia to a Lebanese father and devout Catholic mother. The youngest of 9 half brothers and sisters from her father's first marriage, Shakira early on showed incredible talent as a writer and performer. At four years old, she surprised her family by belly dancing at an Arabian restaurant without any training or lessons. It was clear that performing was in her soul. When her family was shattered by the sudden death of older brother, Shakira observed her father's tears behind his dark glasses and wrote her first song "Tu Gafas Oscuras" (Your Dark Glasses).