Award winning songstress Shahin badar has without a doubt emerged as one of the most accomplished and outstanding crossover commercial female Asian vocalists in the burgeoning UK and Asian music scene. Her innovative musical collaborations has seen her team up with respected Mainstream and Asian producers such as A.R Rahman and acts like the electronic big beat giants The Prodigy on 3 UK No.1 albums emanating from Shahin’s distinctive Alaap chants on the controversial international Smash Hit “Smack My Bitch Up” to “Get Up Get Off“.
Shahin badar returned with the Dance giants “The Prodigy” on the track “Get up Get Off” which also featured the vocals of Twista and Actress /singer Juliet Lewis. The album “Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned” hit the no.1 spot in the national charts in Uk and several other countries.
Smack My Bitch Up headlined the multi million selling Fat Of The Land album, which entered the Billboard charts at No.1 and the Guinness Book of records in 1999 as the fastest selling UK album, which led to her being a Double Platinum disc recipient.Her Distinctive Indo Arabic Alaap chant became an Anthem Globally and was captured in the no.1 mixed martial sports in the world. “Ultimate Fighting Championships“. Her Team up with Dance maestro Tim Deluxe on the single “Mundaya” was chosen as Essential tune of the week by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Pete Tong. Tim and shahin were invited by Pete Tong, to perform the track live on his show. While busy making a name in the dance scene shahin creates and makes an enchanting vocal appearence for the uk Advert The scottish widows covered by all the National UK tv channels.
Shahin’s written and vocal projects contribute to over 30 soundtracks including Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters like the Academy nominated movie “Closer,” “Charlie’s Angel’s,” US sitcoms series North Shore and Kevin Hill,to the background score of Shyam Bengal’s “Zubeidaa“.
Headlining a lot of shows in uk and internationally Shahin supported the phenomenal 50 Cent in Lebanon with lebanese Award winning producer Guy Manoukian at ” The biel” and performed to a staggering crowd of 20 thousand fans, which led to her being specially invited to perform with chart topping Turkish artist Mercan Dede in Germany.
A consummate professional ,role model and inspiration to many young and mature people, Shahin’s work has been consistently covered by mainstream international specialist TV, Magazines and Cinema mediums All around the world.
Shahin Badar has been described by one mainstream magazine as “one of the most original artistes around “.
She has as an example, seen her contribution in vocal project tracks feature in over 30 film and TV soundtracks including Hollywood and Bollywood movies. The last film being the Academy-Bafta-Golden Globe award winning movie Closer ,Charlie’s Angel’s.
To add to this she has worked with respected Mainstream and Asian musician’s producers such as Liam Howlett (Prodigy), A.R Rahman (Bombay Dreams), Tim Deluxe (It Just Won`t Do), Doug Laurent (Mr Vain), Fraser T.smith, Indian Ropeman, Jah Wobble and Temple Of Sound, Guy Manoukian, Said Mrad, Mercan Dede, Issa ghandour and many more.
Shahin’s work has been consistently covered by mainstream international specialist TV (Satellite, Cable, National), Radio’s (National, International, Satellite), Various magazines, Newspapers and Cinema mediums All around the world and adding to this she has had remarkable support from the public over the years which played a major role in the growth of her career.
In 2004 her vocals feature in the Lloyd’s TSB’s Scottish Widows 2004 advert which appeared on Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV several satellite stations. Shahin’s work also featured in the UK Music Hall Of Fame (Channel 4) Matchmaker (Channel 4)Yuva (Bollywood film 2004) which followed on from such showings as Second Generation: (Channel 4), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Cradle Of Life theatrical trailer, SKY News summary of the Iraqi War 2, London Tonight News, Gloria Hunnoford’s Open House (Channel 5).
She made appearances on such series as CNN WorldBeat Sub Continent special (USA), CNN WorldBeat Dance ( Leftfield edition USA), Jools Hollands Later with Jools (BBC 2), Top Ten Series X – Rated (Channel 4), Zee Tv/music, Sony Tv, B4u, Ary (Internationally), channel 4 (london tonight) news.
A Dynamic performer and a professional recording artiste, She has blended her songwriting and vocal style in her various performances both in the United Kingdom and internationally. Shahin Badar has headlined various UK festivals in addition to performing at many sellout club nights and international shows in countries such as Switzerland, Singapore, Sweden, France, Belgium, Amsterdam, Norway, Russia, Ireland, India and at events such as BBC Radio 1 Live, Pete Tong and Zane Lowe legends week (BBC Radio 1), Creamfields, Oxygen, Glastonbury, Ibiza Club Nights, Global Gathering, Womad, Respect Festival, Essential Festival in Germany, Lebanon at the Biel.
She was the face of Europe’s biggest mela, the Bradford International Festival 2002,and one of the celebrity faces for the NSPCC’s Asian Child Helpline. Shahin headlined along with headlining events such as the biggest one day carnival in Britain, the Luton International Carnival 2000. She was also one of the celebrity faces.
She has received recognition of her work from various awarding bodies through short-listings and nominations such as Asian Pop Awards Best Female Vocalist Winner, Ethnic Multicultural Media Award Best Newcomer Nominated Finalist, Asian Women Of Achievement Awards Arts & Culture Short-listed Finalist (twice), Muslim News Alhamra Award for Excellence Short-listed Finalist, Double Platinum Disc (mainstream), Channel S Prestigious Community Award, Glory of India Award.
Thessali Noir – Gemini Brothers Feat. Shahin Badar
The scintillating ‘Thessali Noir’ single kicks off in a broody fashion with low slung drums and a moody vocal from the essex born and globally acclaimed singer Shahin Badar. Her contribution here is a perfect marriage with the Gemini Brothers Production on a track that is somber and atmospheric with rugged bass riffs that will cast real spells on the dance floor, with a haunting Middle Eastern melody that gets into your head. Acid house veteran and macho disco man ‘Justin Robertson’ then assumes his Deadstock 33s guise and flips the cut into something wild and wonderful, with expansive arps and globular synths all adding to the sense of controlled disco chaos.
Shahin signed to UK’s top independent Record label, ‘Skint Records’ (Fat Boy Slim aka Norman Cook). Her vocals have been featured on many mainstream dance tracks including the single, ‘Happiness’ by ‘Supafly’, the Club stomper ‘Mundaya’ (Tim Deluxe) and Dj Bobina –Delusional, which was ‘tune of the week’ on BBC Radio 1. Shahin’s impressive vocals have also been a part of the film and television circuit, and more recently feature on the critically acclaimed British film comedy Sitcom ‘Magnificent 11’. Her collaboration projects include Indian Ropeman, Noise Control, Doug Laurent, Kaya Project, Gio Makyo, Jah Wobble, FX, Fraser T Smith, DopeBuzz, Twista and Juliet Lewis, to mention just a few. Her vocals have also featured in more than 30 Hollywood, Bollywood and Ad films including Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominated film ‘Closer’, Academy Award nominated ‘Charlie’s Angels’, Lloyds Scottish Widows advert, US sitcoms ‘North Shore’ and ‘Kevin Hill’ as well as Shyam Bengal’s film ‘Zubeidaa’.
Shahin Badar has also headlined many festivals around the world and launched many events such as the ‘Children’s Hospice The Richard House Trust’ and charities like NSPCC. One of Shahin’s career highlights includes supporting US rapper ‘50 Cent’ on his tour in Lebanon with the award winning Producer ‘Guy Manoukian’ at the Biel in the presence of a twenty thousand strong audience. She was then invited to perform with chart topping Turkish artist ‘Mercan Dede’ in Germany and worked with Director ‘Ang Lee’ on ‘The Hulk‘ (Eric Bana). She was also invited to perform alongside Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.
Shahin has many accolades including, Best Female Vocalist at the ‘Asian Pop Awards’, Grammy Award nomination for ‘The Fat of the Land/Prodigy’, ‘Ethnic Multicultural Media Award – Best New Comer’, ‘Best Breakthrough Video MTV Video Music Awards’, ‘Best Video Award Muzik Magazine Dance Awards’, Disco Chaos. A consummate professional, role model and inspiration to many young and old around the world.