AWARD winning and leading British Bengali vocalist Shahin Badar has released her debut solo album Laila and returning to the music scene for the first time in nearly two-years.
Laila features a blend of Arabic, English and Indian influences that showcases a talent that lead to collaborations with the likes of AR Rahman, Jah Wobble, Twista and Juliet Lewis.
It is a strong offering of 18 solid cuts, which are edgy, tripping and hypnotic beats and chants. No dance floor is likely to be empty when tracks like Doleh Reh from Mercury nominated Choque Hosein, Jhoom Jhoom, Laila, and Andheri Raai hit the decks.
Shahin is best known for the Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up which featured her spine tingling chant on their multi million selling Fat Of The Land album giving them and Shahin Billboard and UK No. 1 chart positions and entry into the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest selling album at the time.
For this she received a double platinum disc and a place in music history. Shahin featured on two further Prodigy albums that enjoyed UK number 1 chart positions. She has worked with dance maestro Tim Deluxe on the single Mundaya, which was chosen as an ‘Essential tune of the week’ by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong.
Shahin’s distinctive vocals have also featured in over 30 Hollywood and Bollywood films including Academy nominated Closer and Charlie’s Angels, US sitcoms North Shore and Kevin Hill and Shyam Bengal’s Zubeidaa. Shahin supported leading US rapper 50 Cent when his tour took in Lebanon with award winning producer Guy Manoukian at The Biel, in front of a 20 thousand strong audience followed by an invitation to perform with chart topping Turkish artist Mercan Dede in Germany.
Shahin has already won Best Female Vocalist at the Asian Pop Awards; nominations for Ethnic Multicultural Media Award – Best New Comer; Asian Women of Achievement Awards – Arts & Culture; Muslim News Alhamra Award for Excellence and Channel 5’s prestigious Community Award – Glory of India thereby establishing Shahin as one of the most outstanding female Asian vocalists in the UK dance and British Asian music scene.
Laila can be purchased from www.play.com