East End’s Shakila sets sights on fame as UK’s first Bangladeshi pop star

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:28 04 July 2011

Shakila performing at the Stortford Music Festival in May

Shakila performing at the Stortford Music Festival in May


Teenage singer Shakila Karim dreams of being the first British-Bangladeshi pop star and has set her sights on Olympic stardom.

The Whitechapel-born 13 year old is due to release her debut single Just Let It Go today (Monday) and hopes it sets her on the path to performing at next year’s Olympic Games.

She said: “I’d love to have the opportunity to show what’s good about the people of this area to the world – and, maybe, get to sing on home turf at the Olympic Games. It would be a dream come true.”

Shakila, who was a pupil at Bethnal Green’s Gatehouse School, started playing her first musical instrument, the violin, when she was a toddler and went on to learn the recorder, piano, ukulele and drums.

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