Newport songwriter is hoping for a powerful response to her new single

PUBLISHED: 13:47 02 October 2018

Milxnake and Shakila K. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Milxnake and Shakila K. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A 20-year-old singer songwriter who was a pupil at Joyce Frankland Academy released her latest single last Friday.

Shakila K is releasing her second song since becoming a student at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), in London. Called Electricity, the song is produced by fellow ICMP students, Milxnake and LVCAS.

Coincidentally, Dua Lipa, with Silk City duo Mark Ronson and Diplo, have collaborated to create a different song with the same name.

“I had no idea anyone else would be creating a song called Electricity at the same time as me,” said Shakila. “When I heard the name of the track and the collaboration between Dua Lipa and Silk City I could hardly believe my ears.

“A while ago I did a cover of Dua Lipa’s song, Hotter Than Hell, and uploaded it to YouTube. I didn’t think anything would happen, but I got an e-mail from The Fader magazine wanting to use some footage from my video.

“I thought that was cool, even though they said they’d only use a small clip. Who’d have thought that, a year later, Dua Lipa and I would be releasing a song with the same title?

“I’ve worked hard to create this track - and I’ve had great support from Milxnake and LVCAS. I really love the result of our collaboration.”

Karim Ullah, Shakila’s father and manager, said: “When I heard the very first version of Shakila’s Electricity I had a feeling that it had the potential to be number one. Everything about it is great – and should prove to be popular with the public.

“I haven’t heard Dua Lipa and Silk City’s song of the same name but I expect it’ll be exceptionally good too. Nonetheless, I’m confident that Shakila’s track will also do very well.”

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has been developing and delivering music education and training to students of contemporary music for more than 30 years. The college claims that, within six months of graduating, more than 90 per cent of its graduates are in employment or further education and around two-thirds are engaged in music-related jobs or study.

Electricity is available on Spotify and you can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/karim-ullah/electricity.

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