Dato' Shake - Ummi

This in French version 

Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad Bakhbereh or popularly known as Datuk Shake is a popular Malaysian singer in the local Malay music scene. A Hadrami by descent (Hadramout, Yemen), Sheikh is from Johor, Malaysia but is now based in Beverly Hills, California with his wife and the younger two of their four children. He came from a big family of five brothers and seven sisters, in which he was the third youngest.
Sheikh spent his teenage years singing at his hometown's nightclub where he performed cover versions of songs by Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. He went to Europe in the mid-1970s and England was his first stop, where he studied with classical vocal coach, John Dolby.

In 1976, he was introduced to a French record company, which released his first hit single, You Know I Love You. During this period, his albums actually reached gold and platinum sales status in France.

Sheikh was conferred a Datukship in 1979 by the late Sultan Ismail Sultan Ibrahim of Johor.
Sheikh is the maternal uncle of Datuk Azalina Othman Said, the Malaysian Minister for Youth and Sports, whose mother, Salmah Ahmad is Sheikh's sister.

When he was a small boy, Shake dreamed of making music and distant shores. His disciplinarian family first tried to dissuade him, soon surrendered to the talent and desire so evident. European artists who had discovered the lushness of Malaysia and heard the underage singer encouraged him to try this luck in Europe.

He bid goodbye to his family and headed to London where he studied vocal class for a year. Then he was offered to go to Paris, France, within months, he had secured a label and his first single was released, entitled, "Tu sais je t'aime" (You know I love you). Plus, he did indeed shake up the music scene and became the first Asian singer he seng in French. 

The single sprinted up the charts, followed by half a dozen other gold and platinum singles and albums. Concert appearances and television specials followed siftly as Shake quickly became the toast of Europe. He became popular in all the countries where French is spoken - he was for instance, fifteen weeks at the top of the charts in Canada: he became enormously popular in North African countries and the cosmopolitan areas of Africa - such as the Ivory Coast and Senegal. 

His King called him home and bestowed the title of "[Dato]" or Lord/Sir on the singer, in grateful appreciation for "bringing Malaysia to the attention of the world". Shake had finally returned home. He wanted to bring others to his homeland and the forefront of the music business. Straight away he started campaigns to fight against "music piracy". Disappointed by the overwhelmingly uncontrolled music piracy in South East Asia, Shake turned his attention to the United States, to be part of the American Dream. He has chosen Hollywood as his base and home. He has been working with different well-known composers and music producers to establish his own unique sound and style, which comes from his music experienced in Europe and Asia. The combinations of American pop rock sound with his unique vocal ability are amazing.

France gave Shake the medal Chevalier des Art and Lettre "In the Honor of Art and Letter". Shake has promoted the French language and Culture in Asia, where English is the main language.

Shake has performed on more than 300 television shows, variety appearances in Europe, Canada and Asia.

Recorded Music Sales have surpassed 10 Million units worldwide, primary sales floor in all French speaking countries, including Canada, Pacific Islands, North Africa and Asia. Recorded Music Albums in Malay, French, Italian and English. Performing at many prestigious festivals: including the Paris World Music Festival; Tokyo songs festival; Festival de Venice, Festival de Cortina and Verona in Italy;Festival of Artist in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Indonesia and Malaysia Songs Festival.

For five consecutive years, Shake toured France and Belgium for 70 days each summer. Shake also perform concerts in Switzerland, Greece, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei.

Shake was invited for the Royal Performances for the King of Malaysia and The Sultan of Brunei.

Shake also performed with his band at the Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles USA for Valentine's Day, where 6,000 people showed up.

In Hollywood Shake worked on his album with producer/artist Michael Sembello, the guitarist/producer from the group Cars Elliot Easton and Dayrell Ross producer/song writer. Shake has recorded his album with the best sound engineers and studios in Los Angeles and Paris for his recent English album.

Official Dato Shake :

Boney M - Sunny


Although they never had much success in America, the Euro-Disco group Boney M was a European phenomenon during the '70s. After German record producer Frank Farian (* 18.7.1941 as Franz Reuther) recorded the single 'Baby Do You Wanna Bump?' in 1974/75 (which was successful in Holland and Belgium), he created Boney M to support the song, bringing in four West Indian vocalists who had been working as session singers in Germany -- Marcia Barrett, Liz Mitchell, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell.

Now let's take a look how this whole Boney M story started:
December 1974: Frank Farian 6 Weeks in Europa-Sound Studio in Offenbach Bieber. Recording: "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" under pseudonym "Boney M" (Boney: Hero of an Australian TV-Series). At first only Discotheque-Success, weekly sales about 500 Records.

End of 1975: Dutch TV and Discos wanted Live-Appearances of Boney M. Farian and the Artist-Agent Katja Wolf find 4 colored girls and 1 man. Aboriginal Boney M: Maizie Williams, Sheila Bonnick, a girl named Nathalie and the african Mike. This aboriginal line-up did only Dance- and Pressappearances. Later Claudja Barry joined the group, but she was replaced by Liz Mitchell. Line-Up now: Marcia Barrett, Liz Mitchell, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell.

When "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" was released in 1975, it seemed nobody thought the tracks of this Formation's success would run into the 90's. Without a doubt it was the voice of Liz Mitchell that carried most of the songs. Liz was born on Jamaica and came to Germany in the end of the 60's. Here she played in 1969 in the Berlin Version of "Hair". In the beginning of the 70's she joined the Les Humphies Singers from the start (1970-73), and with Malcolm Magaron, another member of that group, she did Malcolm Locks. From her friend Marcia Barrett, who lived in Hamburg, came the suggestion to join together a Group that was founded by Frank Farian - Boney M. The producer Frank Farian later said that all members of the group would be replacable without hurting the Group - but not Liz.

Boney M's first appearance in Germany was a performance of the song "Daddy Cool" in the then important and famous TV-Show "Musikladen" in 1976. After that TV-Show appearance the sales of the single were about 100.000 singles each week! From then on the album (Take The Heat Off Me) did well, too. In July 1976 with "Daddy Cool" came the first Number 1 for Boney M in Germany and a Top-10-Hit in December 1976 in the UK. The same year in Germany the follow-up to Daddy Cool was a remake of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny", which hit Number One in December 1976, in the UK it hit Number one in March 1977.

The Original Group Lineup was Marcia Barret (* 14.10.1945, St. Catherines, Jamaica), Liz Mitchell (* 12.7.1952, Clarendon, Jamaica), Maizie Williams (* 25.3.1951, Monserrat, West Indies) and Bobby Farrell (*6.10.1949, Aruba, West Indies). In 1982 Bobby Farrell was replaced by Reggie Tsiboe (* 1950). But Bobby rejoined the group in 1984 on Eye Dance.

In May 1977, "Ma Baker" just missed the U.K. number one spot, and "Belfast" hit the Top Ten in October. In 1978, Boney M was at the height of its popularity with "Rivers of Babylon"/"Brown Girl in the Ring", which became the second-biggest selling single in U.K. chart history. "Rivers of Babylon" also was Boney M's only U.S. Top 40 hit. Boney M's album "Nightflight To Venus" also topped the U.K. charts. In September 1978, "Rasputin" became another U.K. Top Ten hit, followed by the seasonal chart-topper "Mary's Boy Child"/"Oh My Lord", which became the fifth-biggest selling single in U.K. history. In March 1979, "Painter Man" hit the U.K. Top Ten, followed in April by "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday". In September, the album "Oceans Of Fantasy" hit number one.

Making a balance-sheet after 10 Years, Frank Farian counted 18 Platin- and 15 Gold-LPs, more than 200 Gold- and Platin-Singles and about 150 Million sold Units all over the world. Whose voices could be heared besides that of Liz will be remaining Farian's little secret. By the end of the 80's Farian put out a new edition of Boney M onto the Market. Besides Liz there now stood and sang only decorative: Reggie Tsiboe, Patty Onyewenjo and Sharon Stevens. But not this new combination attrackted the audience, it was the old combination! In the end of 1992 they had a Top-10-Hit in UK with a Mega-Mix of their old Numbers

Greatest HitsCollectionRivers of Babylon 
Nightflight to Venus (Hk) (Reis)Ultimate Boney M.Ultimate Boney M 
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