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Gants Hill dance music star Shahin Badar aims to reach Muslim women with new song

PUBLISHED: 13:33 08 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:40 10 September 2015

Shahin Badar

Shahin Badar

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A singer who made waves in the dance charts says her latest release has brought her closer to God.

Shahin Badar, from Gants Hill, who found fame after singing on The Prodigy’s Smack My B**** Up in 1997, is hoping her new single Salaam will resonate with Muslim women.

The vocalist says Salaam, which means peace, is about a woman who turns to God.

“Many misjudge her due to her appearance but she walks with his love, and in search of purity she seeks protection from him day and night through her prayers,” said Shahin.

“She asks him to protect her from all her trials and tribulations and asks him to surround her with his magnificent light.”

She added: “Whoever she may be, Salaam reflects a woman’s strong inner feelings with almighty God which people do not see.”

The singer, who says her faith is “very important” to her, said she had been planning on releasing the devotional track, which was written by her mum, “for many years” but never got around to it.

“By God’s grace the reaction has been fantastic so far,” said Shahin.

“My genre of music and sound is an eclectic combination of EDM [electronic dance music], fusion, trance and sufi, but I wanted to focus on a track that was different and had elements of Naat [devotional poetry].

“I wanted big percussion to accompany the vocals too – it’s simplicity with power.”

Speaking about debates surrounding what music is allowed in Islam, the singer said music has ability to “divert your attention away from the creator” if you are “not careful”.

“Music that leads to violence and drugs is prohibited,” said Shahin.

“I have been able to balance it with all my strength but it’s not been easy.”

She added: “Islam is a religion of humility and forgiveness and not being judgemental.”

Shahin said it was the perfect time for the release.

“When you see what’s happening in the world – there’s definitely a need for peace,” she said.

Visit apple.co/1EKkMeX to download Salaam.


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