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£1 Fish

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Fish, Nazir, a Pound

Forget Gangnam Style. 

Muhammad Shahaid Nazir is a Pakistani man who until recently worked as a fishmonger at Queen’s Market at Upton Park in London. A gastarbeiter, his wife and kids still live in Pakistan, where YouTube is blocked. His boss wanted him to come up with a way to attract customers to their £1 fish special; £1 each, 6 for £5. Nazir didn’t want to shout at people, so like many market stall workers before him, he sang a song; a catchy, funny one. This made him something of a minor celebrity in London, and when a passerby shot a video of Nazir’s song and posted it to YouTube, he became a sensation in the UK and Europe.

Of course, this got Nazir a record deal, and he’s left his stall to sell records. He recently had to leave the UK and return to Pakistan to apply for a French visa. He received a hero’s welcome.

Here’s your earbug for today, Buffalo. Have-a have-a look.