Pakistani fish seller's song gets record deal with Warner Music

Published: November 26, 2012

Nazir spotted after YouTube video of him singing at Queen’s Market got more than 3.6 million views. PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT

LONDON: A 31-year-old Pakistani fish seller at a London market seems like an unlikely pop star. But the moment he starts to sing his One Pound Fish Song, he is suddenly surrounded by a sea of fans.

The song goes Come on ladies, come on ladies, have a, have a look, one pound fish. Very very good, very very cheap, one pound fish.

The One Pound Fish Song by Mohammad Shahid Nazir has led him to sign a record deal with Warner Music, The Sun reported.

Nazir was spotted after a YouTube video of him singing at the Queen’s Market, Upton Park, got more than 3.6 million views.

British star Alesha Dixon and US boy band Mindless Behaviour have both recorded versions of the song.

Nazir said the attention is not unusual.

“People have come from Australia, the US, Canada and all over Europe. They don’t come here to work or shop, they come for One Pound Fish Man,” he told the daily.

Shahid moved to Britain just over a year ago with the hope of making enough money to send to his wife and four children in Pakistan.

On his first day at the fish stall, his boss told him to shout to customers to get their attention. He said he did not like shouting, and so made up a song.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • sdf
    Nov 26, 2012 - 12:43AM

    I made the mistake of going to The Sun website to try and find the video. It was horrible. I need to clean my eyes now.
    A direct link to the video would have been nice, ET.


  • Nov 26, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Man, he is a great character. He deserves it.


  • AnisAqeel
    Nov 26, 2012 - 1:05AM

    That’s the way to go, be creative, love the world and progress will kiss your feet. Leave fanaticism that is killing your intellect and progress.


  • hassan
    Nov 26, 2012 - 1:05AM

    @sdf common its not tht big of a deal.


  • Abdullah
    Nov 26, 2012 - 1:36AM

    come to Pakistan, and you’ll see all shopkeepers sell like this here ;) not kidding.


  • Shoaib Pervaiz
    Nov 26, 2012 - 1:39AM

    The guy is a legend in the U.K. He has also been to ”Britain’s Got Talent” and the crowd absolutely cheered for him !


  • Shamy
    Nov 26, 2012 - 1:57AM let’s check if he is a student working more than 20 hours a week.


  • Amina
    Nov 26, 2012 - 2:16AM

    The way he attracted the customers is indeed touching.He truely deserves to be a singer.Lovely song one pound fish :-)


  • Irfan Memon
    Nov 26, 2012 - 2:44AM

    word hard work hard era is gone now… this man proves that today world accept the people who do smart :p


  • shaista
    Nov 26, 2012 - 2:51AM

    your comment will definately drive the attention-Sad, ET moderator shall be kind enough to remove it!


  • gp65
    Nov 26, 2012 - 3:27AM

    @sdf: “I made the mistake of going to The Sun website to try and find the video. It was horrible. I need to clean my eyes now.
    A direct link to the video would have been nice, ET.”

    A direct link has been provided. Please click the url ‘One pound fish song’. Hope that helps.


  • Linchpin
    Nov 26, 2012 - 4:55AM

    your comments says a lot about you…..what a bore!


  • salman
    Nov 26, 2012 - 5:01AM

    This guy is hilarious. Saw the YouTube vid months ago. Good for him


  • rehan
    Nov 26, 2012 - 9:58AM

    he should have royalty in the Song.
    a handsome portion should be given to him by the Alesha Dixon and US boy band


  • Budhoo
    Nov 26, 2012 - 9:58AM

    he is famous so most of the people will now find his song great!


  • sdf
    Nov 26, 2012 - 11:17AM

    Oh’s there. Clicked on the wrong link.

    I take back the comment to ET. But I stand by The Sun being horrible. There was this story about Robbie Williams and a picture…never mind.


  • Nov 26, 2012 - 2:00PM

    He rocks


  • ikhlaas
    Nov 26, 2012 - 2:02PM

    guess who will he be voting for in the next elections…..


  • zezu
    Nov 26, 2012 - 5:15PM

    let this guy sell his fish!!!


  • SurelySure!!
    Nov 26, 2012 - 5:37PM

    no, I think he has been hi-jacked too by the West (after Malala) :)


  • Ammarttitude
    Nov 26, 2012 - 6:43PM

    “Very very goOd, its very very coOl – one MILLION Dollar song, said Ammar Ahmad..” :D


  • Shamy
    Nov 26, 2012 - 10:20PM

    @ Shaista and linchpin: check up sarcasm in the dictionary…


  • Jasim
    Nov 27, 2012 - 11:03AM

    check up, UKBA immigration force raid programmes on you tube! Cheap


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