I was first introduced to Shakira through Whenever, Wherever (2001 song), via the video, and really loved it. I hunted through my resources and found that she had been around for quite some time and a lot of her music was in Spanish (Españoles). Many thanks to that anonymous person somewhere in South America who had an excellent collection which I could build on.
A strange aside.. for some reason a song or two really rung a bell for me.. as if I had heard them before somewhere. Nada es facil ("Inevitable", 1998 - Dónde Están Los Ladrones? #05) did that for me. Weird.
I also bumped into a couple of other artists by the name of "Shakira".. go figure. =)