One pound fish man set for X Factor after YouTube video smash

16:44 16 May 2012

Muhammad Shahid Nazir (right) with fan

Muhammad Shahid Nazir (right) with fan

Archant

A fish seller in east London who sings to draw in customers is a hit with West Ham fans – and now is reeling in music contract thanks to YouTube.

Muhammad Shahid Nazir works on a fish stall in Queen’s Market, near to the Olympic Stadium.

More than 1m views on the video sharing site show people love his tune, “come on ladies, come on ladies, one pound fish… Have a have a look, one pound fish.”

He is now in talks with a record label and has also auditioned for the up-coming X factor 2012.

“I feel very good and can’t believe everyone is singing the song,” said Mr Nazir. “It’s become famous.

“People want my autograph and they take photographs as well as make videos of me.”

“West Ham football supporters often stop here and tell me they’ve come to hear me sing as well as watch the match.

“Once a head teacher told me that his whole school is singing the one pound fish song.

“I’d been doing the job for just a week before I decided to sing the song which I made up myself. I soon realised it got people’s attention and drew them to the stall to buy fish.”

“My mother prays for me and encourages me to pursue my dream of becoming a singer. Singing has always been my childhood hobby and I want to make a career out of it,” Mr Nazir told BBC.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Two teenagers were stabbed in a knife fight in George Lane, South Woodford, last night.

A knife fight in George Lane, South Woodford, last night left two teenagers in hospital with serious stab wounds.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The child and man were found dead in Colville Square, Notting Hill

A mother from Notting Hill has denied murdering her boyfriend and four-year-old daughter at their west London home.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Do you recognise this man? (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Detectives are looking for the man in this CCTV picture after a man was viciously attacked with a belt on Brick Lane.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
A naval vessel outside the ExCeL exhibition centre at an earlier Defence and Security Exhibition in 2011.  Other exhibits included an F16 fighter jet (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

One of the world’s biggest arms fairs is coming to the ExCel centre in east London later this month, and more than 1,000 protestors are already planning to oppose it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Flowers and tributes left at Bank junction where a cyclist suffered a  fatal collision with a HGV earlier this year (Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today announced a whole raft of new safety measures designed to protect cyclists and pedestrians from heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and said the Safer Lorry Scheme could go even further, and stop them from taking dangerous left turns.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more