Shapla Shalique -An unique folk singer
Bangladeshi born Shapla Shalique ( known as Farzana Shalique) was born in Tajpur, Sylhet. Her father was renowned folk singer in the region of Sylhet. She came to UK to join her father with her mother Hasna Salique, and two brothers Uchchall and Shochall at the age of 5 (1981).
The Salique family settled in London's East End. Shapla naturally joined Dishari and became the lead singer, specializing in Sylheti folk songs and the work of Kobi Nazrul Islam. In the years that followed Shapla fronted Dishari on numerous albums and TV appearances, as well as performances in the UK, Europe and Internationally.
Highlights included performing in front of royalty at the Royal Albert Hall, in aid of Save the Children. Growing up in London this young artist developed so much zest, power and passion for music, from both East and West. Although excited by the beats and rhythms of Western mainstream music, Shapla has not forgotten the intricate tapestry of poetic melodies and stories, which are part of the traditional heritage of her homeland.
She incorporates all of these into a real appreciation, great control over folk songs and love of music who sing with passion, emotion, and power. Her vocal perfectly fit bengali folk songs and it may be came from her father. She had a great future ahead and may take the heart of more that 20 million people of Bengal by storm