This Issue on SOHM Special Tribute: Kashif Saleem Forever
Welcome to the November 2016 issue of Shine On Hollywood Magazine! With the joy and warmth of the Holidays, and Christmas parties filled with delicious treats, we bring to you with great anticipation a special tribute issue dedicated to the life and journey of one of the most proliferating artist in the music industry: Kashif Saleem. Sadly, Kashif passed away on September 25, 2016 at the age of 59. This time, there is shortage of talent in this town, as we say goodbye to a producer, songwriter, artist, author, director, documentarian, and a music icon whose career lasted over 40 years. His legacy lives on in the pages of SOHM to share with you, our readers, his inspiring story.
We featured Kashif back in March and his story is one of the highest rated this year. Born Michael Jones on December 26, 1959, in Harlem, New York, Kashif was raised as an orphan and his introduction to music came in the form of a $3.00 song flute when he was in the 4th grade. By the age of 12, he had mastered several musical instruments and was performing in some of New York’s finest clubs such as The Copacabana & Lloyd Price’s Turntable.
1979 saw a shift for KASHIF’s budding career after he wrote and produced the smash hit I’m In Love for Evelyn “Champagne” King. The song branded Kashif as one of the most sought after producers of the day, and put him on the map to write chart topping hits for some of the hottest talent of his time including Whitney Houston, Kenny G, George Benson, Barry White, Lil’ Kim,
Will Downing, Dionne Warwick, Janet Jackson, Johnny Kemp, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Da Brat, Me’lisa Morgan, Johnny Kemp, Mariah Carey and Monica to name a few.
During his lifetime, Kashif never forgot his roots. He formed foundations and programs to give back to young people in foster care and beyond. Kashif’s Team iCare Foundation alone was able to procure 247 potential foster parents. He also created programs like the Mentorship Dinner Cruise for youth in foster care, an event where 200 youth went on a cruise and were paired with 250 professional in various industries, for the purpose of creating mentoring relationships. He also founded Kashif University, an integrated education/arts training program for at-risk youth.
For his community involvement, Kashif received community awards from heads of government, including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villariagosa, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and more. With over 70 million records sold worldwide, Kashif’s influence is not only felt and heard in his music, but his innovations have benefited the music industry as a whole, and will be studied for many generations to come.
We encourage you to “Let Him be Your Motivation!”
SOHM remains a politics and gossip free publication with its focus on Real People, Real Stories, from the Arts and Pop Culture community who make a difference by giving back, and we are delighted to share their heartfelt stories with you. We will continue to provide the industry’s foremost creative meeting place with monthly showcases, news, opinions, analysis, and audience feedback. Next issue SOHM will feature the world of Top Youth Industry Professionals. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and continued support!
Merry Christmas and Happy 2017!
Shine On Hollywood