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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2013

If you can’t sing in front of A.R. Rahman or another giant in the music industry, don’t give up on your dream to be singer. Just keep singing and people may notice. That’s what happened to Shahid Nazir, a 31-year-old Pakistani man selling fish at a market stall in London. Instead of shouting to get the attention of customers, he composed a song: “Come on ladies, come on ladies, one pound fish ... Have a look, one pound fish.”

A YouTube video of Nazir singing “One Pound Fish” went viral, drawing millions of views and turning Nazir into a celebrity. He appeared on the UK version of The X Factor and signed a record deal with Warner Music.

“‘One Pound Fish’ changed my whole life,” Nazir told BBC News. “I’m happy, excited and proud to be in the studio recording my song.”

If a fish seller can become a recording star, so can a lot of other people. So next time you walk into your local desi grocery store and hear the owner belting out a tune—“Come on ladies, come on ladies, one dollar samosa ... Have a look, one dollar samosa”—you might want to get his autograph.


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