Singer/songwriter Isa Mebarak’s MySpace page makes no mention of her famous relative, but every article that has been written since the 27-year-old launched her debut album, Cosa Buena, in April isn’t as coy: She’s none other than Shakira’s cousin.
Don’t expect her to belly dance her way into your heart, though. This Colombian beauty, who plays the guitar, has a style all her own that she compares to that of singers like Rosario and Ana Torroja. The 10 pop tracks on her record, which are tinged with flamenco, blues and bossa nova, were carefully chosen from 70 songs she’s already composed. Check out the video for “Me llevo mi canción” and let me know what you think.