Mohammad Akram/Bodh Gaya (Bihar)
An Indian girl from Bihar state will sing an Arabic song in the opening ceremony of the FIFA football world cup to be held in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in November.
The 16-year-old Shireen Ahmed, a resident of Bodh Gaya was approached for the event by Mazen Al Bahir of Egypt. She is not clear who this person is.
“I am very happy that soon my Arabic song will be heard by the whole world. For this, I am working very hard,” Shireen Ahmed, told Awaz-the voice.
Shireen’s father Mohammad Shakeel Ahmed is a resident of Belabhalawa village and works in a private company; her mother Shaina Ahmed is a homemaker. Shireen Ahmed is currently studying in class 12 at Al Momin college.
She has two brothers.
Interestingly, Shireen has learned the art of singing in many languages from the internet during the Covid-induced lockdown.
Shireen says: “Initially I used to practice English language songs from Google. One day, on social media, I talked to Nandita, a resident of Bangalore. She wrote a fresh song and we sang it as a duet.”
Shireen says during the lockdown, she learned the art of singing English, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean songs through social media.
Initially, it was a bit difficult but she continued to practice her singing. Her singing surprised people.
There has been no looking back for Shireen since that time. She appreciates her family’s support for her achievement.
On seeing her videos on social media, companies from abroad have gotten in touch with Shireen Ahmed. Music companies from Italy and the Netherlands have approached her for singing assignments.
Some companies even came to her house. However, as she didn’t have a passport to travel, she missed many opportunities.
“Now my passport is ready and I am hopeful that more offers will come after I sing the song at the FIFA opening ceremony.”
Shireen says, “I want to bring laurels to my country at the international level."