Saalim Ismail


Hey! I'm Saalim Ismail... An award winning independent South African music artist, certified transformation life coach and philanthropist.






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is the universal language which transcends barriers. It give me the ability to speak to the masses.

What is your music dream?

To become a renowned music artist and songwriter.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I'd start with becoming a better version of myself and being an example through my attitude and behavior to influence positive change.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

There's quite a few... Right here waiting, (Everything I do) I do it for you, Go the distance.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Where do I start? There's quite a list of music artists I am a huge fan of... Micheal Bolton, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Micheal Buble, Sugarland, Christina Aguilera and more.

What inspires you to make music?

Real life experiences and situations other people speak to me about which I can relate to. I like keeping it real and relatable.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I do believe that music should serve a purpose, so I always wish to communicate a message of empowerment through my music.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Performing to an audience gives me a natural high. My ability to sing is one of the things I am most confident in.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I'm not quite sure, given the situation we are in today, performing live is scarce. I do also feel that there is a lack of 'quality' music being put out there as it has become so much more easier for anyone to release music in the digital world. Music artists should focus on releasing quality music instead of putting music out there to become popular.

What do you think of Drooble?

I'm fairly new to the platform, but it seems to be an awesome initiative thus far.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Not everyone understands and appreciates your hard work as an artist or the music you create.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Indeed I do... We independent artists have to support each other in our careers where we can.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Definitely a good management and publicist. You cannot do it on your own!