Successful Saaiman proves Cowell right
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.
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SA singer, songwriter and recording artist Chad Saaiman.
Chad Saaiman was destined for success, according to Idols judge Simon Cowell.