Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin American, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities.
To instill gratitude in Shakira for her upbringing, her father took her to a local park to see orphans who lived there.
The images stayed with her, and she said to herself: "One day I'm going to help these kids when I become a famous artist." It was at this approximate time that she met local theater producer Monica Ariza, who was impressed with her and as a result tried to help her career.
Though it fared well on Colombian radio and gave the young Shakira much exposure, the album did not fare well commercially as only 1,200 copies were sold worldwide.
After the poor performance of Magia, Shakira's label urged her to return to the studio to release a follow-up record.
Shakira performed the ballad "Eres" ("You Are") and won the trophy for third place.