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Charity is at the heart of all Shakira does

Most pop music fans know Shakira as the sexy, single-name, hip-shaking singer, songwriter, musician, dancer and producer who made it out of her South American homeland to become an American music sensation during the past decade.

But mention the nine-time Grammy winner's name in some of the poorest areas of her native Columbia and you're likely to get a much different response. To her fellow Columbians, Shakira is less of an entertainer and more of a savior.

The 33-year-old entertainer is hoping her advocacy work aimed at educating impoverished children will surpass her fame as a performing artist.

"I always had the intuition, even as a little child, that I was called for a big project," Shakira told the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. "I am sure that many children feel that way but they don't have the environment that is conducive for them to exploit their potential to its fullest. I was lucky I had those things: caring, loving, educated parents and a good school."

Shakira, whose new "The Sun Comes Out" tour plays the third stop on her North American tour at Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday, grew up in a town where nearly 50 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, where nearly 43 percent of children have no access to early education and fewer than 20 percent of the people have Internet access. There are few employment options for those who don't have adequate schooling, she said.

"Being a militant or a drug trafficker are the only options," she said.

Shakira's commitment to her homeland began in 1996, when she was 18 and had her first hit record.

She founded the Barefoot Foundation and began pouring what little money she was earning into local orphanages.

Two years later, she recorded her first million-selling song, which brought her more money and fame. She boldly sought out the assistance of Columbia's former education minister, who agreed to help her run the foundation.

After moving to Miami and learning English, Shakira struck American music gold with her first English album. She's since sold more than 50 million recordings, won nine Grammy Awards and is listed by Forbes as the fourth richest woman in music, surpassed only by Madonna, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion.

As Shakira's success grew, so did her ability to feed and educate more people. The Barefoot Foundation now feeds and educates more than 6,000 children and their families in centers known as "mega-schools."

"Our projects have proven that if we get the parents interested it makes a huge difference," she said. "We get them interested because the kids are receiving a meal, because they are happy, because they are playing. And that way they are being protected from joining the guerrillas or the paramilitary."

British rocker and one-time punk icon Billy Idol plays the House of Blues at Showboat tonight at 9. Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50, available through or (800) 736-1420.

Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash flies solo tonight with a gig in Borgata's Music Box tonight at 9. Tickets are $45, available through or ComcastTIX at (877) 544-8499.

Loretta Lynn, the coal miner's daughter who became the first lady of country music, brings her music to Harrah's Resort Saturday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55, available through or (800) 736-1420.

The Sublime tribute band Badfish works the House of Blues at Showboat Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18, available through or (800) 736-1420.

"Ti Lascio Una Canzone," an Italian musical variety show, will be presented at Trump Taj Mahal Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets are $80 and $95, available through or (800) 736-1420.

This article has been posted by: xxjohnxx
Posted at 09/28/2010. Original article can be found here.

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