Suc­cess­ful Saaiman proves Cow­ell right

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - PEOPLE - TANYA PE­TERSEN

AS IF it were writ­ten in the stars even be­fore he was born, mu­sic flowed through the blood of singer and song­writer Chad Saaiman.

Saaiman, whose new EP dropped on October 20, re­vealed that he took a lik­ing to mu­sic while still in his mother’s womb.

“When my mom was preg­nant with me, the doc­tor said she wasn’t preg­nant and that it was a phan­tom preg­nancy,” he said.

He added the doc­tor said there was no baby even af­ter us­ing the most ad­vanced ul­tra­sound tech­nol­ogy at the time.

His mother vis­ited a dif­fer­ent doc­tor, who used a mi­cro­phone and am­pli­fier and man­aged to find a heart­beat.

This, he said, was the start of his mu­si­cal jour­ney. Dur­ing his high school years he was part of singing group at Gar­lan­dale called PQ .“We were a boy band con­sist­ing of five mem­bers. In 1999, that was the first year I sang in front of an au­di­ence.”

Saaiman first stepped into the spotlight in 2002 , when he made it to the top 50 of the very first Idols South Africa. And as pre­dicted by guest judge Simon Cow­ell that Saaiman had the po­ten­tial to be a star, 15 years later his star is still shin­ing bright even af­ter fac­ing death when he was shot in the stom­ach in an at­tempted hi­jack­ing in Joburg in 2011.

“I am a lot more grate­ful for wak­ing up ev­ery morn­ing.”

Saaiman has re­turned to Cape Town. Over the years he has writ­ten and per­formed a num­ber of songs, and has just re­leased his new EP Fu­ture For­ever.

The EP has five songs, three of which are new, with the lead­ing sin­gle ti­tled Go.

“The song is in­spired by a friend who walked into a room and laid his heart to me.”

He said he was in­spired to write this song.

“We all have prob­lems, but what are we go­ing to do about it?”

Saaiman said he en­joys mak­ing songs that have a good mes­sage.

The other two new songs are Bet­ter Man and Bro­ken.

“I have been go­ing through some per­sonal changes and it has in­spired me to write.

His older songs Nights and Be­lief are part of the EP.

Al­though his mu­sic is soul­ful, he also en­sures that the peo­ple en­joy it.

His big­gest critic, he ex­plains, is his seven-year-old daugh­ter Sum­mer.

“I al­ways play the songs for her first.

“If I get a nod from her then I know it is good.”

But Saaiman said it is a tough in­dus­try and artists rely on sup­port from their fans.

“Peo­ple need to sup­port us by buy­ing our al­bums and sup­port­ing the artists at events.”

Saaiman, does not have a nar­row-minded ap­proach to­wards the fu­ture of not only his mu­sic, but that of other artists.

As part of his five year plan, he wants to en­sure that Cape Town be­comes the num­ber one city for mu­sic.

But he also wants to ex­pand his reach fur­ther in Africa.

“I want to keep it within Africa.”

On his mu­si­cal ca­reer this far, Saaiman said: “I feel blessed that I have been able to sus­tain my­self for so long.”

And he said it is not based on luck, but work­ing very hard. Very im­por­tantly, he said that in mu­sic there is “no ar­riv­ing” as you al­ways need to keep work­ing.

You can find his new EP on all dig­i­tal plat­forms, how­ever he ad­vises Joox, a mu­sic ap­pli­ca­tion for An­droid. You can also fol­low him

@ChadSaaiman on all so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

book Chad Saaiman you can e-mail book­ings@ stereo­type­tal­ent.co.za.

PIC­TURES: HENK KRUGER/ANA

SA singer, song­writer and record­ing artist Chad Saaiman.

Chad Saaiman was des­tined for suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to Idols judge Simon Cow­ell.

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