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30 June 1974 |
|Origin||Gants Hill, Redbridge, London, England|
|Genres||Pop, Electronica, Trance, Hindi, World music, Fusion, Alternative dance, Sufi|
|Labels||Keda Records, Imprint Records, SB Records|
|Associated acts||The Prodigy|
Shahin Badar (born 30 June 1974) is an English singer and songwriter who is best known in Europe and North America for her vocals on The Prodigy’s single Smack My Bitch Up. It earned her a Double Platinum award.
From a young age, Badar showed a natural vocal talent for music. Inspired by her mother, Zohra Ahmed, and encouraged by her teachers, she developed a blend of Arabic and Indian vocals. This genre is reflected in her music today. With a sound that has now become her trademark Shahin sings in English, Arabic, Bengali and Indian languages.
She returned to England to continue her schooling at Gilbert Grammar School. Upon leaving she took up a position in Customs and Excise.
Badar’s vocal contributions feature in over 50 international film and TV soundtracks. Her vocals have also featured on shows such as the UK Music Hall of Fame, Bollywood films “Yuva” and “Zubeidaa,” the theatrical trailer for “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” “Charlie's Angels,” US sitcoms “North Shore” and “Kevin Hill,” and Sky News broadcasts.
She has worked with musicians and producers such as A. R. Rahman, Liam Howlett, Tim Deluxe, Fraser T Smith, Indian Ropeman, Jah Wobble, Twista and Juliette Lewis. She supported 50 Cent and worked with director Ang Lee on the film ”The Hulk.”
Several of Badar’s collaborations have charted in the UK Charts top ten singles, Independent, Dance, Radio and Bhangra charts with inclusions on three The Prodigy UK No.1 albums: The Fat of the Land, Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned, and Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005.
She has also appeared as a judge for Brit Asia Talent show.
Badar has headlined various UK festivals, performed live with 50 Cent, and has performed in countries such as Switzerland, Singapore, Sweden, France, Belgium, Norway, Russia, Ireland, India, and at events such as Radio One Live, Creamfields, Oxegen, Glastonbury Festival, Ibiza Rocks, Global Gathering, World of Music, Arts and Dance, Respect Festival, Essentials Festival, and Mystery Land in Holland.
Badar has launched special events and endorsed charitable causes such as London's first Children’s Hospice Week for the Richard House Children’s Hospice Trust in Canary Wharf. She was one of the Asian celebrity faces for the NSPCC’s Asian Child Helpline in addition to being the Asian celebrity support for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People Don't Stop The Music campaign (for the deaf and hard of hearing).
Badar has received recognition of her work from various awarding bodies through short-listings and nominations, in addition to this her performance and written work is also included in projects that have secured major awards(*).
- “Jind Meriyeh”: UK Bhangra Chart No. 4
- The Prodigy’s album “The Fat of the Land”: UK Albums Chart No. 1 and a Double Platinum award. Featuring Badar’s vocals on “Smack My Bitch Up,” Badar received a copy of the award for her contribution to the album.
- Mukhtar Sahota’s album 4 The Muzik: UK Bhangra Chart No. 3. Featuring Badar’s vocal performance on “Gal Lagja”.
- BBC Radio 1 Pete Tong: Essential Selection Tune Of The Week - “Mundaya”
- BBC Asian Network: Tune of the Week - “Queen of OPunjab”
- BBC Asian Network: Tune of The Week - “Yeh Rog”
- “Mundaya”: Dance Chart top 10
Awards and nominations
|1997||Mercury Music Prize||Nomination|
|1998||Asian Pop and Media Awards||Best Female||Nomination|
|1999||Ethnic Multicultural Media Award||Best Newcomer||Nominated finalist|
|Asian Women of Achievement Awards||Nominated finalist|
|2000||Asian Pop Awards||Best Female vocalist||Winner|
|2002||Alhamra Muslim News||Award for Excellence||Shortlisted finalist|
|Asian Women Of Achievement Awards||Arts & Culture||Shortlisted finalist|
|2005||Desi Xpress||Artiste of the Week||Winner|
|Asian Achievers Award||Shortlist|
|Channel S Community Award||Music Category||Winner|
|2007||India International Friendship Society||Glory of India award||Winner|
|2010||UK Asian Music Awards||Best Female Alternative Act||Nomination|
|1999||Jouleh Jouleh||Single||EMI Records|
|2009||Laila Remix’s||Imprint Records|
|2011||Leley Mera Dil||Keda Records|
|Year||Title||Performed by||Written by||Label|
|1997||Smack My Bitch Up||The Prodigy and Shahin Badar||The Prodigy||XL Recordings, Maverick Records|
|1999||66 Meters||Indian Ropeman||Shahin Badar and Indian Ropeman.||Skint Records|
|2002||Hayati||Jah Wobble||Shahin Badar||30 Hertz Records|
|2004||Mundaya (The Boy)||Tim Deluxe||Shahin Badar and Tim Deluxe||Underwater Records|
|Get Up Get Off||The Prodigy||Shadin Badar, Twista and Juliette Lewis||XL Recordings, Maverick Records, Warner Bros. Records, Sony Music|
|2010||Take it||Noise Control and Shahin Badar||N.C. Recordings|
|Ummah Oum||Kaya Project||Mariko Music Publishing Ltd|
- Official Website
- Shahin Badar on Twitter
- Shahin Badar's channel on YouTube
- Exclusive Shahin Badar interview. Indi. DESIblitz. 30 July 2009
- McConnell, Jane. Shahin Badar. Manchester Gossip
- Shahin Badar Interview. Female First. 4 May 2010
- discogs.com: Shahin Badar—Discography listing.
- BritBangla - British Bengali Success Stories - Shahin Badar
- British Bangladeshi Who’s Who 2010. Shahin Badar. p33