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Shakira Honored with Bronze Statue in Barranquilla: A Celebration of Music, Family, and Legacy

A Monumental Tribute: Shakira's Iconic 'Hips Don't Lie' Dance Immortalized in Her Hometown
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Shakira has been commemorated in her hometown of Barranquilla with a larger-than-life bronze statue, capturing her iconic “Hips Don’t Lie” dance move from the 2005 music video. Artist Yino Márques brought the vision to life, creating a 21-foot-tall monument that stands as a testament to Shakira’s indelible impact on music and culture.

Shakira’s parents: William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado.

Shakira herself shared the exciting news on Instagram, posting a photo carousel that included heartwarming moments of her family at the statue’s site. The first photo featured her parents, William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado, with the singer expressing joy at sharing the special occasion with her mother on her birthday.

The subsequent images showcased her family alongside the Mayor of Barranquilla, solo shots of the statue, and a poignant dedication. The dedication highlighted Shakira’s multifaceted contributions to music, describing her as a heart that composes, hips that don’t lie, and a voice that moves masses. The inscription also recognized her philanthropic efforts, noting her bare feet that march for the good of childhood and humanity.

William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado with Mayor Jaime Alberto Pumarejo.

Shakira, who holds the distinction of being the No. 1 most streamed female Latin artist in Spotify’s history, previously had September 29 designated as “Shakira Day” in her honor. This celebration, initiated by the #ShakiraDeservesADay campaign, underscored the profound connection between the artist and her devoted fanbase.

During an interview with Spotify’s For the Record, Shakira expressed gratitude for her fans, emphasizing their crucial role in her career. She also acknowledged the immeasurable inspiration drawn from her homeland, Colombia, which she described as a never-ending source of colors, culture, sounds, folklore, and culinary delights.

December 27, 2023

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