Sheikh Haikel

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Sheikh Haikel
Born Sheikh Haikel Bin Sheikh Salim Bajrai
(1975-10-10) 10 October 1975 (age 41)
Nationality Singaporean
Spouse(s) Anna Belle Francis
Awards 1991 Asia Bagus winner

Sheikh Haikel (born Sheikh Haikel Bin Sheikh Salim Bajrai, Arabic: شيخ هيكل شيخ سليم‎‎ Šayḫ Haykal Šayḫ Salīm, 10 October 1975) is a Singaporean rapper, actor and radio personality. He won the talent competition Asia Bagus in 1991. As a multi media personality with numerous stints in radio, television, film, and stage, he has produced three studio albums and numerous single track albums to date.[1] He now runs a music school in Kuala Lumpur where they teach varied genres of music including, Hip Hop, Classical and Rock.

In February 2017, seven years after seeking the assistance and getting the subsequent nod from Fatboys The Burger Bar's co-founder Bernie Tay, Sheikh - together with his wife Anna Belle Francis - launched FatPapas Burgers and Shakes; which is marketed as a halal subsidiary of the aforementioned Fatboys.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

He attended Saint Patrick's School and has a BA in Performing Arts and Pychology from the Queensland University of Technology.[citation needed]



Sheikh Haikel first appeared on the big screen in the iconic Singaporean film, Army Daze. Army Daze made a return to the theatre in 2006 under the direction of Beatrice Chia and Goh Boon Teck, with Sheikh retaining the role of Johari Salleh. His next performance was as Jeff in the joint Singaporean-Malaysian film City Sharks in 2003 which he starred in alongside Nicholas Lee and Hans Isaac.

He has starred in many sitcoms in TV such as 3 Rooms and The Donnie Lee Show. He also guest starred various times on the critically successful Singaporean sitcom, Under One Roof.[3] He has also hosted ESPN's Football Crazy and is currently the host of Okto's Knockout.


Sheikh Haikel was a DJ for the local broadcast channel 98.7FM,[4] and on the Breakfast Show on channel 91.3FM in 2008.[5]


Sheikh's music is rooted in rap. He became interested in it at the age of nine, when his mother bought a Run DMC tape for him by accident, having mistaken it for a The Pips tape.[6][7]

Sheikh won the Asia Bagus Grand Championship as part of the rap duo Construction Sight in 1991. Construction Sight is credited as "Singapore's first ever rap group".[8] His first two solo albums For Sure and For Sure Too led him to win Best Local English Song at the Compass Awards in 2002 and 2004 for the hit single, Witulah. His third album 10.10.10 was released on the same date of his 35th birthday, 10 October 2010. He performed a series of songs at the President's Star Charity 2012.[9]


In 2004, complaints were made to Singapore's Media Development Authority that he and his then co-host Daniel Ong made lewd remarks on air when a teenage male listener called in for advice on how to attract a girl he liked. As a result of these complaints, Ong was suspended from on-air duties while Sheikh was asked to leave. MediaCorp Radio's 987FM was cautioned and fined S$15,000.[10] s.

In November 2010, Sheikh started a feud with Korean boy band U-KISS as they allegedly "bullied" him backstage at a concert in Bedok Reservoir.[11] After the event, Sheikh posted on Twitter, "U- Kiss my ass!!!".[12] Although he did not elaborate on what ignited the feud,[11] he also tweeted: "All u-kiss fans were to [sic] busy to notice anything else. I was to [sic] busy trying to get u-kiss on stage."[13] After another few tweets targeted at U-KISS and their fans, Sheikh apologised for his banter on Twitter.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Sheikh Haikel is a Singaporean of Arab descent.[15] He has one sister.[16] He is married to Singaporean actress Anna Belle Francis.[17] They have three children – Triqka (born 2003), Abbra (born 2005) and their most recent, Sheikh Juz (born 2014)[15]


Solo albums[edit]

  • For Sure (2002)
  • For Sure Too (2003)
  • 10.10.10 (2010)
  • Eh Lah (2011; one track album promoting his upcoming album, Check, Check, 1–2, 1–2)
  • Check, Check, 1–2, 1–2 (TBA)


  • "Witulah" (With u lah) (Peaked at No. 1 on Malaysian music charts)[18]


Year Work Role Notes
1996 Army Daze Johari Salleh
2003 City Sharks Jeff
2005 Living with Lydia The King Cameo
2006 Stories of Love: The Anthology Series Fakri TV movie
2010 Knockout Host; Himself
2011 Zero Hero Pretty Boy One


  1. ^ "S.S., by Sheikh Haikel". Sheikh Haikel. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Sheikh Haikel & Anna Belle kini tauke Fatpapas, versi halal restoran popular FatBoy's - BERITA MediaCorp". BERITA Mediacorp – Berita Terkini, Melayu, Muslim, Islam, Singapura, Dunia. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Sheikh Haikel – Male Emcee Singapore". Artiste Entertainment. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Mohandas, Vimita & Koor, Joyce (2008) "Hot Breakfast on 91.3FM", Channel NewsAsia, 6 June 2008, retrieved 12 July 2011
  5. ^ "Brand new Breakfast Show on Radio 91.3FM". AsiaOne. 6 June 2008. 
  6. ^ Hidayah Salamat (4 November 2010). "Artiste Sheikh Haikel And His Big Comeback". is-asia. Retrieved 11 October 2012. Regional talent show Asia Bagus gave birth to many superstar musicians, including our very own Sheikh Haikel, who recently made a comeback with his album 10.10.10. 
  7. ^ "Sheikh Haikel". Centaur Dance Showdown 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Razali Abdullah (4 April 2002). "A hip Sheikh, For Sure". p. 27. 
  9. ^ Lim, Gerard (26 September 2012). "President's Star Charity 2012 to help 55 beneficiaries". TODAY. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Yong, Lee Sze (2007) "MediaCorp Radio fined ,,000 for raunchy content", New Straits Times, 1 June 2007, retrieved 12 July 2011
  11. ^ a b Juliana June Rasul (25 November 2010). "Haikel slams U-KISS on Twitter". AsiaOne. 
  12. ^ "Sheikh Haikel". Twitter. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Sheikh Haikel". Twitter. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Sheikh Haikel". Twitter. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Sheikh Haikel: Hip Hop Artiste, Dad for Life". Dads For Life. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Hidayah Salamat (4 November 2010). "Artiste Sheikh Haikel And His Big Comeback". I-S Asia. 
  17. ^ "10 celebrity stories on the road". AsiaOne Relax. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Anne Freeman (22 March 2006). "MIDEM Music Spotlight: Sheikh Haikel". Music Dish. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 

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