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Shakira: 'To educate is essential'

The Colombian singer Shakira has become a global phenomenon, her particular blend of Latin pop and rock winning her a massive following. Over the course of her 20-year career she has sold more than 50 million albums.

The singer started writing songs when she was eight years old and signed her first record deal at the age of 13.

This week Shakira has been performing in the UK and has addressed the Oxford Union about her efforts to promote universal education.

Today presenter Evan Davis spoke to Shakira about her career.

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