East London raised singer-song writer, Shapla Salique is known for her incredibly powerful voice and edgy acoustic Bengali folk music with jazz and funk influences.
Shapla is one of Britain’s most successful British-Bangladeshi artists. Her soulful sound has captivated audiences worldwide, from London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and Houses of Parliament to Canada, USA, Poland, Sweden and Italy.
Shapla’s dynamic spiritual melodies and soaring vocals are gaining her recognition on the world music scene. Most recently she has been featured in Songlines magazine and has received a great review for her album ‘No Boundaries’.
Her style is deeply rooted in the Bengali folk Baul tradition which she carries forward and experiments using western instruments. She performs with her jazz band across the UK and abroad.
Shapla has been singing and performing since she was a little girl. From playing at East London local schools, community centres and festivals, to leading vocalist at the Royal Albert Hall and making appearances on various mainstream TV shows.
Shapla has performed at venues including, Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Ascot, the Barbican, BBC Radio (94.9fm), Houses of Parliament, Hackney Empire, Vortex, and at London’s South Bank. She has also held solo concerts at the prestigious Wilton’s Music Hall. Shapla’s touring has included gigs in Canada, Virginia, Texas, Poland, Italy and Sweden.
Shapla has twice been invited to speak and perform at a TEDX event in front of a celebrity filled audience, in 2014 at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall in Westminster and at the Sadlers Well theatre in 2017. These were also streamed globally and watched by over a billion people.
Shapla’s album ‘No Boundaries’ was released in April 2016. ‘No Boundaries’, brings Shapla’s unique style to Bengali folk songs which are over 200 years old. She pushes boundaries with her broad musical taste and talent. She has arranged, composed and produced the album herself and describes it as “a perfect blend of East and West”