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 Muhammad 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. –IANS