Datuk Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad Bakhbereh
or popularly known as Datuk Shake
(born in 1950) 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
with his wife and the younger two of their four children. He came from a big family of five brothers and seven sisters (including shop owner Sheik Abu Bakar), 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. The majority of his family were all into music. European artists who had discovered the lushness of Malaysia
and heard the underage singer encouraged him to try this luck... Read More