Rahim Shah is a Pakistani pop singer. He started from Peshawar, NWFP, and is currently based in Karachi. He sings in Urdu, Punjabi and his native Pashto language. In an interview he revealed that Rahim Shah is not his real name and, in fact, it is his elder brother's name.He recently disclosed his original name on Qtv, which is Muhammad Khan. He is the most notable Pakistani pop idol of Pashtun background.
Early Years and Personal Life
Rahim was born on April 3, 1976 and bred in Karachi. Swat is his ancestral home, but he speaks his ethnic language Pashtu fluently. This was the reason for the dearth of apparent Pashto vision in his life. In 2004 Shah underwent a very public hair transplant procedure in Karachi, Pakistan, which he openly talked about on television for the purpose of educating others.
He started his career in late 90's as a solo singer with a lot of hits to his credit from the day he started his career including "Ghum" that broke the records of popularity. "Ghum" is not Rahim Shah's personal composition. It is an Afghani folk song or tappa, sung by an anonymous singer. Later famous Pushto singer, Haroon Bacha, also sung it, but the credit goes to Rahim Shah who translated the "tappa" into Urdu and gave it his own arrangement.
In a short span of time Rahim has proven his singing talent beyond all questions. He sang "Ghum" under the supervision of "Salman Alvi". He recorded his album and tried to work hard on making it different from what others are churning out. The song turned out to be a huge hit and whose ever listened to that song appreciated the touch. Rahim Shah was bitter over the recent plagiarism of his song by Indian singer Altaf Raja. He copied Rahim's song "Ghum" and gained popularity on satellite channels. Eight of his albums have been released till date, of which, four are in Pushto and four in Urdu.
Also known as Rahim Shah
Born April 3, 1976 (1976-04-03) (age 33)
Origin Pashtun,Karachi, Pakistan
Years active 1999 - Present
Label(s) Sound Master