Sunday, September 29, 2013

dónde están los ladrones?

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll stole the hearts of fans around the world with this unique fusion of arabic sounds with rock and latin pop.  She recorded her debut album 'Magia' when she was only fourteen with songs that she began writing at the age of eight, while her second album 'Peligro' comprised mostly songs written by producers.  Her major label debut 'Pies Descalzos' was her commercial breakthrough; but Sony threatened to drop her from their roster if the sales of her next album did not improve.  
Shakira says:  "Imagine the pressure! But I work best that way and basically I did my first really good album...I did my homework. I put one brick on top of the other, under the sun with hard work and sweat."

She co-produced the album with Pablo Florez, Javier Garza, Lester Mendez, Luis Fernando Ochoa, and executive producer Emilio Estefan Jr. who had guided the career of his wife Gloria years earlier.  'Dónde Están los Ladrones?' took nine months to record with Shakira on songwriting, vocals, and harmonica; Javier Garza as engineer, mixer, and programmer; Luis Fernando Ochoa on songwriting, guitar, and bass guitar; Lester Mendez on string arrangements and programming; Pablo Florez as programmer; Sebastian Krys as engineer and mixer; Wendy Pedersen on backing vocals; Adam Zimmon and Marcelo Acevedo on guitar; Randy Barlow on accordion; Teddy Mulet on trumpet; Brendan Buckley and Joseph Quevedo on drums; Edwin Bonilla on percussion; and John Falcone on electric bass guitar.  

 'Dónde Están los Ladrones?' springboarded Shakira to worldwide success, going to number one hundred thirty one on the US Billboard 200; seventy-nine in Germany; seven in the Netherlands and Switzerland; two in Spain and on the US top heatseekers chart; and number one on the US catalogue album chart, the US top latin album chart, and the US top latin pop album chart.  The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album and has sold over seven million copies worldwide.  She was named the Latin Female Artist of the Year at the 1998 World Music Awards. She was also designated the official goodwill ambassador by the Colombian government, and granted an audience in the Vatican by the Pope. 

Shakira considers:  "I am a fusion. That's my persona. I'm a fusion between black and white, between pop and rock, between cultures - between my Lebanese father and my mother's Spanish blood, the Colombian folklore and Arab dance I love and American music ... I’ve been very fortunate to have a family around me all these years, people who love me for what I am.  People who know where I come from, where I’m going to, what my goals are.  They have definitely been a very positive influence in my life, to assimilate the subtleties and nuances of fame, and popularity and all that…When I think that I started this career so early, my case is not the case of an artist who becomes popular overnight and then has to deal with thousands of photographers screaming my name.   Or the task of talking to reporters everyday or signing autographs or that kind of stuff.  To me, it was not traumatic at all.  I digested all the complications of popularity in a very easy and smooth way.  Because it was gradual, you know?”

1. "Ciega, Sordomuda" was a number one hit on the US latin chart.

2. "Si Te Vas"

3. "Moscas en la Casa"  went to number twenty-five on the US latin chart.

4. "No Creo" went to number nine on the US latin chart.

5. "Inevitable" hit number three on the US latin chart.

6. "Octavo Día"

7. "Que Vuelvas"  

8. "Tú"   charted at number one on the US latin chart.

9. "Dónde Están Los Ladrones?"   was inspired by a trip to Bogotá during which her luggage was stolen at the airport, including a case with all of the lyrics for her album.

10. "Sombra de Ti"

11. "Ojos Así" became her first international hit, going to number thirty-three in Switzerland, twenty-two on the US latin chart, sixteen in Belgium, and fifteen in France.   The video was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.

'Dónde Están los Ladrones?'  full album:

1. "Ciega, Sordomuda" Shakira Mebarak R.
Mebarak Estefano Salgado
Mebarak Lester Mendez
2. "Si Te Vas" Mebarak
Mebarak Luis Fernando Ochoa
Mebarak Ochoa
3. "Moscas en la Casa" Mebarak Mebarak
Mebarak Mendez
4. "No Creo" Mebarak
Mebarak Ochoa
Mebarak Ochoa
5. "Inevitable" Mebarak
Mebarak Ochoa
Mebarak Ochoa
6. "Octavo Día" Mebarak
Mebarak Mendez
Mebarak Mendez
7. "Que Vuelvas" Mebarak Mebarak
Mebarak Mendez
8. "Tú" Mebarak
Mebarak Mendez
9. "¿Dónde Están los Ladrones?" Mebarak
Mebarak Ochoa
Mebarak Ochoa
10. "Sombra de Ti" Mebarak
Mebarak Ochoa
Mebarak Ochoa
11. "Ojos Así" Mebarak
Mebarak Pablo Flores Javier Garza
Mebarak Flores Garza


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