South African Indian musician & vocalist, Hassan Saib who is popularly know as Ramesh Hassan has passed away at the age of 73.
The iconic singer is a household name that shot to overnight popularity with his 1994 release hit song ‘Nana Poiter Vareh’ which sold over 500 000 copies. Other songs that Hassan composed included Gagra Choli, ‘Ghar se Chali’, also featuring in local South African movies like Broken Promises.
The popular vocalist show business career started in 1958 during the apartheid era when he performed on stage at the Alhambra Theatre.
As an Indian he had to even seek permission to use the bathroom facilities at the Theatre where he had his debut performance and had to employ the services of white stage technicians and artists for his show.
Hassan was a versatile artist who performed in seSotho, isiZulu, Telugu, Gujarati, Hindi Urdu & Afrikaans. Hassan first debut performance was at the age of 14 belting out classic rock numbers from Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker and Cliff Richard.
The artist also performed in stage productions by Ronnie Govender like Mandrax Muniamma & Off Side.
Watch some of his popular music videos here: