Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent

Musical Motivation: 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 is released globally on 6th March 2020 to be followed by an EP later in the year which will be called Unveiled.


Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

It always makes me feel good and smile every time! Definitely can’t go wrong with this classic!


Allah Hoo by Nusret Fateh Ali Khan

This is a very spiritual, powerful song which always gets me into deep though and contemplation.


I've started playing the piano over the last year or so and one of my favourite songs to play is Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word by Elton John, makes me emotional every time!


Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO

This is a classic funny record to dance along and have a laugh with!

Want to work out

I have a Spotify playlist actually called “Work That Booty!” My latest addition to this list is a song called Roses by SAINT JHN (Imanbek Remix), makes me want to train harder!


I love Barry White, especially My First, My Last, My Everything

I always used to listen to this with my dad in long car journey (actually the whole album back to back) but this song in particular always bring back amazing memories...


After Hours by the Weeknd

In fact I love the Weeknd for most of my moods but some of his songs in particular this one always help me to wind down in the evening.

Feel Determined

Michael Jackson really gets me in the mood to feel like I can conquer anything, Rock my World and Beat It in particular are two of my regular spins


Dance Monkey by Tones and I

It is such a big dance record right now, perfect song to come on when you're out and about!