The world of music and film has come together to pay respects to ‘legendary’ musician Taz of Stereo Nation who has died aged 54.
The singer helped to produce some of the most memorable music of the past 35 years inspiring a whole generation with his fusion of British pop and traditional Asian sounds.
Tarsame Singh Saini took up the name Johnny Zee before being referred to as Taz as he took the Brit-Asian music world by storm in the late nineties. He would go on to headline at many of the biggest events across the world creating his very own style.
In March he had been rushed to hospital but despite reports of a recovery his health had deteriorated this month.
Musician Rishi Rich said: “I’m heartbroken My brother Taz. Thank you for everything you did for me . Your album Hit The Deck was one of the main reasons I wanted to produce music, fusion music. You ll always be my inspiration. Love you my brother. Rest In Peace.”
Broadcaster Adil Ray said: “Very sad to hear of the passing of British singer @tazstereonation One of the many artists I owe my career to. I spent 10 years on BBC radio & would not have succeeded without Taz’s support & groundbreaking, universal pop tracks. His heart lives on through his work.”
Actor and writer Sanjeen Bhaskar said: “Such tragic news about the too young passing of @tazstereonation – one of the key contributors to the music fusion scene and the surge of British Asian creativity & culture of the 90’s. Condolences to his family, friends and fans RIP.”
Musician Adnan Sam posted: “Can’t believe it! Extremely Saddened & Shocked… May he Rest in Peace.”
Presenter Bobby Friction said: “Absolutely shocked & saddened by this news. @tazstereonation has passed away. Taz AKA Johnny Zee AKA Tarsame Singh Saini. Changed the Desi Music game back in the 90s & lived a life full of joy, emotion & good vibes whenever I met him.”
Roach Killa posted: “R.I.P my bro #TazStereoNation May God bless ur soul.. Will miss u my bro…#Legend.”