If you want to get a flavor for the first album, here are a couple of videos from it –she was a lot more tame back in the mid-nineties.
Estoy Aqui video:
Today, Shakira sees herself as more than just a pop star. When she made it big, back in 1995, she began giving back to Colombia. She formed the PIES DESCALZOS FOUNDATION – a non-profit, NGO – that works to provide education, nutrition, medical services, and emotional and psychological support to poor children and those who have been displaced by the violence in Colombia.
Last year, Shakira was in Washington D.C. to lobby Congress to support the “Education for All” act. Learn more by listening to her interview on NPR.