Singer and Producer Kashif Passes
Very sad news. Singer, producer and musician Kashif Saleem, better known as Kashif, has passed. He was 56. The news was confirmed by his family on Twitter.
According to EURWeb,
Kashif lived alone was found by a neighbor Monday afternoon (09-26-16). The Los Angeles County Coroners’s office says he had been dead since Sunday. At this time, there is no specific cause of death. However, it appears he died of “natural causes.”
Kashif was a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, composer, author, director and educator from New York City. Kashif first taught himself to play a $3 song flute at age seven and later the piano in the basement of his church. At age 15, Kashif joined B. T. Express and performed on stages around the world. He studied Islam and changed his name from Michael Jones to Kashif, which means discoverer and inventor. He crafted his own distinctive sound and later signed with Arista Records enjoying success as a solo artist. Together with Stevie Wonder he was considered a pioneer in urban music thanks to his specific synthesizer technology approach and the introduction of MIDI in his production.
We send condolences to his family and friends.