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A former student at Hockerill Anglo-European College and the Joyce Frankland Academy is to sing at a special event to celebrate 50 years of independence for Bangladesh.

Shakila Karim, 24, who performs as Shakila K, aims to be the first pop star of Bangladeshi origin to top the music charts.

She will be appearing at East London studio Rich Mix's "Bangladesh 50" – a night of music on Friday, December 10, from 7pm.

Shakila K by Chris Bedwell Photography (53331137)
Shakila K by Chris Bedwell Photography (53331137)

Shakila was born in Whitechapel and went to primary school in Bethnal Green. After her family left London, she spent Year 7 at Hockerill before moving to the Newport secondary where she also took A-levels in the sixth form.

She returned to London to study at ICMP college London - one of the leading educational institutions for contemporary music in the UK. Her upcoming appearance will be her first in the East End since graduating.

Shakila said: "I'm especially pleased to be performing at Rich Mix for the first time – and what a great occasion it promises to be!

"I'm sure there'll be a big crowd to celebrate a very special evening. I'm thrilled to be performing in east London again and even more thrilled that I'll be doing this to mark a historic moment.

"Bangladesh is a beautiful place. I've been there many times and have always loved my time in the country. While I've seen changes in Bangladesh each time I've been there, my parents, who were born there just after the country became an independent nation, have seen so

much more and feel very proud of the progress the country is making."

Shakila now lives in Puckeridge and her parents are Karim Ullah and his wife Sultana. The couple runs Brohmon restaurant in Stansted.

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