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Dato Shake is a French singer of Malay descent. He was born in humble beginnings which rose to such staggering heights of success that his King made him a Dato' equivalent to Lord or Sir. Shake was born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia - a lush, verdant area of the world full of mystery, exotic customs and the compelling sounds of Rock 'n' Roll and Motown music mixed with sound of prayers of people of multi-cultures.
When he was a small boy, Shake dreamed of making music and distant shores. His disciplinarian family first tried to dissuade him, soon surrendered to the talent and desire so evident. European artists who had discovered the lushness of Malaysia and heard the underage singer encouraged him to try this luck in Europe.

He bid goodbye to his family and headed to London where he studied vocal class for a year. Then he...

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