Based: Cape Town
Having graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a B.A. Degree in English Literature and Communications, Chad is a prolific songwriter who has penned radio singles for some of SA’s biggest artists, including Loyiso Bala, for whom he wrote “Found Love”, as well as 2012 SAMA nominated track, “World of Mine”. Soulful and versatile, Chad’s star continues to rise on the South African music scene.
Chad released his debut album Chasing Melodies through Stereotype Records. With three hit singles – “Moving On”, ”Seeing Stars”, and “Won’t Change” – released to radio, the album sold well nationally and received a SAMA nomination for Best English Pop Album in 2009. His second album, The Flight, continues to win over a multitude of fans, with chart-topping singles like “Thinking About You” and “Days Go By”. The most notable track off the album is “Untouchable”, which was produced by two-time Grammy award winner, Ron Feemster, known for his work with musical icons such as Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo.
Chad Saaiman dropped his 3rd musical offerring, Cinema via ShowLove in November 2014, the highly anticipated album is Chad Saaiman’s first release since the tragic botched highjacking that took place in Johannesburg in June 2011, where he was brutally shot – and the possibility of never being able to sing and perform again was a harsh reality. He has not only recovered incredibly, but also risen above the entire situation as a victor – and has created some the best work of his career.
CINEMA, which reached #2 on the SA iTunes charts on the day of it’s release, features singles such as “Dragons”, “All On the Wall” and “Loving You Is Easy,” which is currently playlisted on several radio stations around South Africa. The album features Pretoria-based Rapper Chad Da Don as well as Cape Town songstress Candice Thornton. Saaiman has collaborated with a host of producers on the album, including GB Collective (Brian Themba, Kelly Khumalo, The Black Ties), Mr Mallum (Danny K, Auriol Hays), Ashley Valentine (Jimmy Nevis) and Mario Ogle – who have all come together and created the signature R&B/Pop sound that he is renowned for.
Chad Saaiman had a great 2014, with a strong corporate presence – performing shows all over SA, and has worked on successful campaigns with brands such as Telkom (Never Miss a Beat/ Summer Of Wow), Edgars, Jack Daniels and Castle Milk Stout Unplugged, to mention a few. He has also played shows alongside artists such as Tevin Campbell (US), Phil Fearon (UK) and local acts such as MiCasa, Reason, Jimmy Nevis and Matthew Mole. He has previously graced the pages of leading magazine titles from True Love to Marie Claire, been named one of SA’s best dressed men by GQ, made it onto Destiny Man’s list of SA’s most remarkable men under 40.
2015 has been another good year for CS, performing and appearing on several TV shows such as Afternoon Express, The Mancave, Hectic Nine 9 and Expresso. After playing alongside Brian McKnight on his national tour this year, the back end of 2015 has been jam-packed with performances and MC work across all our cities in SA. Added to this, Chad’s latest release Remember Me produced by Dr Duda (Micasa), has already had some presence on the iTunes charts and was Jam Of The Day on The House of Poppy show on 5FM in it’s first week of release.
With notable brand presence and growth, Chad looks to 2016 as the year of super cool feel-good house releases and the rebirth of Stereotype Talent Management, the company he runs.
• Performed alongside Brian McKnight for his national tour in 2015
• Live Performance on Mnet Idols SA 2014
• Divos 2014 alongside Phil Fearon
• Live performances on Expresso, Hectic Nine 9 and Morning Live 2014
• CHAN Closing Ceremony at Cape Town Stadium 2014
• Cape Town Festival 2013
• Divos 2013 with the Black Ties, alongside Tevin Campbell
• 20 Years of Freedom Celebration alongside GB Collective and Nothende
• Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2011
• Kday 2011