Shakira was a Colombian singer. She has influenced Latin American history by showing the world what Latin music really is. The American Music Industry defined Latin music as music sang in Spanish, regardless of the origin of the artist. Shakira mainly demonstrates two of the 8 themes of history; Cultural Integration and Empire Building. Shakira demonstrates Cultural Integration by putting her Comlombian twist on the American Music Industry. She participates in American events such as the hit TV show The Voice. However she keeps her Colombian roots as a major part of her. Shakira shows Empire Building by always working to better herself, and the people she works with. She tried to make herself one of the best, and she succeeded. Through hard work and dedication Shakira managed to secure herself titles such as; Highest Selling Colombian Artist of All Time, and Second Most Successful Female Latin Singer after Gloria Estefan. Shakira also managed to earn 2 Grammy Awards, 12 Latin Music Awards, and was nominated for a Gloden Globe Award.
Biography.com Editors. “Shakira Biography.” The Biography.com Website, A&E Television Networks, 28 Jan. 2016, www.biography.com/people/shakira-189151. Accessed 26 Mar. 2017.
Barranquilla, Colombia (top left hand corner) is where Shakira grew up.
"I'm not a trained dancer, but I grew up in a culture that revolves around dance" ~Shakira
The quote above shows that Shakira believed in her Culture and felt that it did not need to e changed. When she came into the American Music Industry she could have easily changed into the American artists that we know today, but she felt that she wanted to keep her Colombian Culture despite the American Infulence everywhere. This shows that Shakira really felt that in order to succeed in life you must remember two things. 1. Family and 2. Where you came from.