Take 5 : Shaima

Shaima is a young, dynamic singer with a huge creative edge. She started in the music industry from the age of 14 conquering both stereotyping and also the challenges of musically uniting her mixed cultural identity. Her soul belongs to pop, hip-hop and R&B without forgetting her origins: uniquely mixing in the beats of traditional instruments like sitar, Arabic flute and tabla. Her new single Green Eyes exemplifies this magical fusion and was released globally on 6th March 2020 to be followed by an EP later in the year which will be called Unveiled. We decided to find out more about Shaima with a Take 5…

When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you?

When I was 12 I had this epiphany moment whilst I was at “Party in the Park” a local festival in Pitshanger Park, a friend of mine was singing and I felt so inspired by it and thought I would love to be performing too! Previously to this my first concert was Shakira which I absolutely loved from start to finish and ended up wearing the t-shirt to bed every night when I was around 8! As I’ve explored more as an artist I’ve definitely discovered a lot more influence from both Eastern and Western music.

Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?

I am in love with Bob Marley’s music the spirituality and the meaning within the lyrics in particular I feel are so powerful and helped to really bring people together which is something I find really inspired. Of course, Michael Jackson was an absolute legend I could only aspire to work with… Living now… the Weeknd has one of my favourite voices in the industry I’ve been a big fan of his music since his first album “Trilogy”, would also love to collaborate with the likes Kehlani, Torey Lanez and Abida Parveen

Tell us about your single –’Green Eyes’-  what is the song about?

Green Eyes is all about putting a positive spin on jealousy. Hence Green Eyes resembling envy… It’s really about all those times people have said untrue/unkind things behind your back and turning around to all those people saying it doesn’t matter what you say I am who I am and lies or rumours will always come out in the end.

Tell us five things you love about the city you live in- London – and why……

1 – the weather! HAHA

2 – the art- especially a big fan of the street art although there are always some crazy exhibitions around

3 – family- born and raised in West London, having family nearby always makes things more homely and taught me valuable lessons

4 – acceptance of different cultures- you always meet a million different people in London and a level of nonchalance in difference in values and cultures

5 – education-importance of education has always been a big factor growing up, very blessed to have gone to school and University in London

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

Honestly performing more! I’ve been developing my sound and branding for a little while and this year I’m planning to do a lot more live shows to help people to hear and relate to my music even more! Also will be dropping around 5 singles so can’t wait to film some videos for them and get them out there for people to enjoy…

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