by ethnic on January 5, 2008

Birth Name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

Place of Birth: Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

Date of Birth: February 2, 1977

*Lebanese (father)
*Colombian, including Italian/Sicilian, Spanish [Castilian], Catalan, possibly other (mother)

Sakira is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, model, and choreographer.

Her father, William Alberto Mebarak Chadid, is of Lebanese descent. Her mother, Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado, is Colombian, born in Arenosa, Colombia. Shakira’s mother’s ancestry includes Italian/Sicilian and Spanish (Castilian), Catalan, as well as possibly other. Shakira is a partner of Catalan Spanish football player Gerard Piqué, with whom she has two children, Milan Piqué and Sasha Piqué.

Sakira’s name, Shakira, means “thankful” in Arabic. She uses Turkish-Arabic belly dancing in a lot of her performances.

Shakira’s paternal grandfather was Alberto Mebarak Spath (the son of Moisés Isaac Mebarak and Latibe/Labib Spath). Alberto was born in Cartagena, Bolívar Dept, Colombia, to Lebanese immigrants, from Beirut and Zahlé, respectively.

Shakira’s paternal grandmother was Isabel Chadid Baizer (the daughter of Pedro Chadid Raide and Rosa Baizer Gandur). Isabel was born in Sincelejo, Sucre Dept, Colombia, to Lebanese parents. Pedro was the son of Tannus Shdid, later Antonio Chadid Harb, and of Sade Raide. Pedro moved to Colombia in 1895.

Shakira has said that she has Italian/Sicilian ancestry from her maternal grandmother, whose surname was “Pisciotti”. She stated this here (from 0:41) and here (from 3:20).

shakira parentsShakira, Gerard Piqué, and her parents.

Sources: BBC article on Shakira’s Lebanese ancestry –

Genealogy of Shakira (focusing on her father’s side) –

Baptismal record of Shakira’s father –

Baptismal record of Shakira’s paternal grandfather, Alberto Mebarak Spath –

Confirmation record of Shakira’s paternal grandfather, Alberto Mebarak Spath –

Baptismal record of Shakira’s paternal grandmother, Isabel Chadid Baizer –

Records of some of Shakira’s father’s family –

Interview with Shakira’s father about her mother’s ancestry –

YouTube video about Shakira’s Catalan ancestry –

1st photo by kathclick/

2nd photo by Prphotos

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Manila December 1, 2017 at 5:55 am

Split Catalan away from Spanish.

madman December 1, 2017 at 8:42 am

I would also split Italian away from Colombian.

*Colombian [Spanish, Catalan, possibly other], Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Or maybe just (looks a little better):
*Colombian, Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Manila April 19, 2017 at 2:04 am

Shakira’s father William Mebarak’s visa documents are now available online. These are the sources:

Baptismal record of Shakira’s father –

Baptismal record of Shakira’s paternal grandfather, Alberto Mebarak Spath –

Baptismal record of Shakira’s paternal grandmother, Isabel Chadid Baizer –

andrew February 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm


She has stated to have Italian ancestry from a Sicilian grandmother on her mother’s side whose surname was “Pisciotti”. (from 0:41) and (from 3:20)

Adamina September 16, 2016 at 11:20 am

Pretty lady! She looks full Lebanese tho. Before I knew where she was from I thought she was southern Europe or something. Now I get it

savanna April 25, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Does anyone know which of her maternal grandparents are Italian?

MadBadDog March 29, 2016 at 10:02 am

Her mother Nidia del Carmen was born in Arenosa, Colombia. Not even her maternal grandparents are spanish, they are colombian. They say her great-great-grandfather could have been catalan but they don’t even know for sure. In an interview with her father he says:

– Your wife, Nidia Ripoll, comes from catalan ancestry?

– Her greatgrandfather might migrated from Catalonia to Colombia, but we don’t know much more than that.

So please guys, change her ethnicity to colombian with spanish ascendancy cause she’s not fully spanish. Btw, since she started dating Gerard Pique (open supporter of the Catalan separatist movement) she started bragging about her catalan roots, nobody knew anything about them before, she was even a Real Madrid fan! Lamer.


La Contra: William Mebarak Chadid

TheHelper August 16, 2017 at 11:32 pm

@MadBadDog Her mother was born in Columbia yes, but from Italian and Spanish descent.

allennox March 1, 2016 at 7:58 pm

Where does the Italian ancestry come from cause Ripoll and torrado are catalan and Castilian respectively.Unless its from a great grand parent in that case she would be like 12.5 percent.

andrew March 21, 2016 at 7:46 am

Agree. It’s not confirmed/documented. As Adriana Lima’s Japanese ancestry.

Manila December 24, 2015 at 11:47 pm

I have got Alberto Mebarak Spath’s confirmation record:

Alberto was the son of Moisés Isaac Mebarak and Latibe Spath. Moisés and Latibe were Lebanese immigrants, from Beirut and Zahlé, respectively.

Manila December 24, 2015 at 11:49 pm
lelo4 September 3, 2015 at 2:27 pm

looks 100% levantine.

Greyface March 21, 2016 at 1:32 am

lol on what planet

lelo4 August 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Lebanon, Israel, Syrian and Cyprus?! I won’t include Jordan though since they are mostly of Saudi/Arabian descent.

hesh123 August 4, 2015 at 3:50 pm

For being only a quarter she looks quite italian in this photo.

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