Divabetic is saddened to report the loss of another musical icon. We have learned that the singer, producer and amazing song writer Kashif has passed away at the age of 56. Unfortunately the details regarding his death are unknown as it seems to be natural causes. According to reports Kashif had been deceased since Sunday, September 25th and was discovered by a neighbor on Monday.
We featured Kashif’s song, “Love Come Down” on August’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast featuring music by Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King.
Kashif Saleem, previously Michael Jones (born December 26, 1959), was an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, composer, author, director and educator from New York City. Kashif first taught himself to play a $3 song flute at age seven and later the piano in the basement of his church. At age 15, Kashif joined B. T. Express and performed on stages around the world.
Kashif has had a long history in the music industry whereas having been an integral part of several artists’ lives penning some of the industry’s biggest hits like Evelyn “Champagne” King’s “Love Come Down” and Howard Johnson’s “So Fine”. This amazing producer is also known for producing “Where You Are” and “You Give Good Love” for the iconic and late great Whitney Houston. He also worked with Me’lisa Morgan and penned an R&B favorite and chart-topping hit “Love Changes”.
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