Mohammad Saleem better known as Saleem Javed is a Pakistani pop singer born in Hyderabad, Pakistan. He emerged to fame in the 1980s, though, he was already known in some quarters before that, as a semi-classical singer due to his work in the classical industry.
Saleem Javed (real name Mohammad Saleem, ’ Javed is a nick name ’ ) is something of a national treasure, doing music from 20 years. He has been an active performer for over two decades and unlike the popsters of today, who often take shortcuts to fame, he’s cut his teeth performing night after night live on stage. Coming from a humble background, Saleem Javed, ran away from his hometown of Hyderabad to seek fame and fortune in Karachi, repeating the ritual any number of starry-eyed young men do, chasing elusive desires. But fate had something else in store for him, other than shattered dreams. Seemingly out of nothing, Saleem Javed carved a career based on a relentless work ethic and a single goal: giving it his all on stage and behind the microphone.
His transformations throughout his career have been almost Bowie-esque. From his disco king image in the eighties to his various avatars in the nineties (pop malang during the JUGNI era; desi gangsta image artist on the Piya Gee album) to his modern, carefully sculpted likeness as an ageing metrosexual,
Salim Javed focuses on his getup as much as he does in his music. And talk about his music, and saw quite a few transmutations itself. He was doing in the poem is incredibly cheesy, but Javed Miandad addiction in ’86 when the latter broke the myth of his six in Sharjah (cricket world to Maine Bureau says aagay Hai Woh Kaun?). Covered that ageless artists such as Rushdie, Ahmed and Hassan Mahdi (Del Ko Jalana, is just Tom, Bar Eck, Dell E-Ferrand) and hit the latest his re-mixes (Harian than just post the album Kabhi Koi Aye Ga Kar and Cui Kai Bahana from the new album S. ATI) tributing money this time, are all over the crossing schemes.
Saleem Javed practically started the trend of Re-Mixing old songs with new instrumentation and improvisation 23 years ago. He did the first ever re-mix in Pakistan in his first album Listen to My Voice launched in 1985 and the song was ” Janam Aii Janam by Legendary Madom Noor Jehan “
My first album
My first album, Listen to my Voice, was released on March 7, 1985. I used to perform on stage and had been doing so since my school days, but I didn’t start seriously performing on stage till 1983. My stage experience helped me immensely. You have to perform in front of a crowd that doesn’t know anything about you, while the compere has just praised you to high heaven. And then you have to deliver. Luckily for me, Allah has been incredibly gracious and people appreciated my performance. As for singing live, that was the only way to do it back then. The concept of lip-synching was almost non-existent. The whole idea of miming to a CD was introduced by people who didn’t know how to sing,” said Saleem Javed.
After the release of his debut record, Saleem Javed gained prominence through his version of Faiz Mohammad Baloch’s Laila o Laila, and according to the singer, this was something of a novelty as previously, pop artistes had nearly always chosen to reinterpret Punjabi folk tunes. Hence he took a risk by reinterpreting a Balochi folk song and the risk paid off. But far from basking in past glory, the singer has a gripe with some of his pop peers as according to him, certain individuals fail to give credit where it is due.
“I don’t want to name any names but some singers don’t want to give anyone any credit. The world over artistes are respected for their contributions. For instance I was the first singer to introduce the wireless microphone in Pakistan. I added a lot of things to my live act, such as wandering out into the crowd, singing with headmics, adding a dhol player to my pop music to create a first ever Bhangra-PoP Fusion in Pakistan in mid 80s. These things were unheard of in the pop scene at the time. Today you see every pop band perform with a dholak player or a tabla player. But nobody wants to give credit for these achievements. Who was doing these things 22 years ago?” SaleemJaved.
A couple of days after taking up his apprenticeship with the band, the members asked Saleem to sing. One of the band’s friends was in attendance and as he was organizing a function at his place, he joined in the chorus urging Saleem to sing. Sing he did, jumping up and down like a monkey (in his own words), delivering his rendition of “Alamgir’s Dekha Na Tha” the first every song he performed publicily. By the time he was finished, he thought he would be booted from the joint. Instead, everyone present burst out into applause as Saleem got his first professional booking. The rest is pop history.
As Saleem gained prominence and started getting more bookings, the green-eyed monster of envy soon reared its head as the other band members began to feel insecure about Saleem’s growing star profile.
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