Wednesday, December 26, 2012
"One Pound Fish" Muhammad Shahid Nazir [Video]
One Pound Fish Man is jammin', ain't he?
A fishmonger from Pakistan has become Britain's latest musical sensation after a song he sang at an East London fish market went viral on the Internet.
The song -- 'One Pound Fish' -- has been made into a video and is currently number 29 on the British charts.
Muhammad Shahid Nazir, a 31-year-old father of four from Pattoki in Pakistan,
immigrated to the UK a year ago to earn some money
and provide a better life for his wife and children back home, the Evening Standard reports.
He soon found a job at a fish stall in Queen's Market in London's Upton Park. Nazir says
his boss asked him to "shout" to attract customers
. But when that only managed to turn potential patrons away, he made up the now-famous song.
After the song began attracting attention, Nazir was urged to audition for the X Factor, where he failed to impress judges. However, a clip of him singing in the market soon went viral, and he was offered a deal by Warner Music.
The song currently has
7 million hits on YouTube
, and has since been covered by
Timbaland and Alesha Dixon
Back in his native Pakistan, Nazir has become a star. According to the BBC, '
One Pound Fish' can be heard blaring from speakers all over Pattoki
, and his family is praying for the song to hit number one on the Christmas charts.
For his part, Nazir is humbled by his unexpected success. He tweeted that despite his newfound fame, he is still only a "market trader."
Check out the infamous vid and song:
And all over the world innumerable talented singers weep as the struggle continues.
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