Kashif

Real Name:
Kashif Saleem (previously Michael Jones)
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Kashif (born December 26, 1959, New York City, New York, USA – died September 25, 2016, Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA) was an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, composer, author, director and educator. As a producer and songwriter he worked with many artists including Whitney Houston, Kenny G (2), George Benson, Barry White, Lil' Kim, Evelyn King, Will Downing, Dionne Warwick, Howard Johnson, Johnny Kemp, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Da Brat, Meli'sa Morgan and others.

Never knowing his real parents, Kashif (whose name means "inventor, discoverer and magic maker") grew up in eight foster homes. Learning to play a $3.00 song flute at the age of seven provided him with what turned out to be an important common denominator in his unstable environments. At age 15, he joined B.T. Express whose credits included early funk/dance hits like "Here Comes The Express" and "Do It 'Til You're Satisfied" and later he signed with Arista as a solo artist.

It was during his time as a solo artist that Kashif teamed with New England Digital Corp to help further develop the Synclavier, the world's first sampler. His use of the computerized instrument was recorded on tracks like "I Just Got To Have You (Lover Turn Me On)", "Stone Love", "Help Yourself To My Love" and the Grammy-nominated instrumental "The Mood". His second album, "Send Me Your Love" resulted in two Grammy nominations ("Edgartown Groove", featuring Al Jarreau, and "Call Me Tonight"), while his 1985 release "Condition of the Heart" also yielded another Grammy nomination with "The Movie Song." He wrote and produced "Inside Love" for George Benson and helped launching the career of Kenny G with the tracks "Hi How Ya Doin', and "Nightime In Tribeca". He then teamed up with then-newcomer Whitney Houston. The result was Whitney's first across-the-board smash "You Give Good Love", which he also co-wrote, and "Thinking About You", a single track from Whitney's successful debut-album. Kashif also worked with Whitney Houston on her second album. He produced Dionne Warwick's "Reservations For Two" which he duetted with her. He also sang on and recorded another duet titled "Love Changes" with Meli'sa Morgan, taken from his same-titled album.

In the 1996, with an invitation from the UCLA Extension program, Kashif created a course called "Contemporary Record Production With Kashif". He also wrote and self-published the book "Everything You'd Better Know About The Record Industry." In 2001 Kashif started Brooklyn Boy Software and developed three software products, the Music studio Organizer, Music Business 411, and the Complete Music contracts Pack. Most recent music projects include producing "Brooklyn Breezes" for Will Downing, producing the Duke Ellington Tribute CD for the Duke Ellington Foundation featuring Nancy Wilson, Kenny Lattimore, Eugene Young, and other original members from Duke's band. He also worked on the theme song for the 2001 Para-Olympics. In September 2003 he released a double CD titled "Music From My Mind" consisting of 15 new songs plus the entire first Kashif album released on CD for the first time. Although Kashif worked as an author, software developer, lecturer, film producer and educator, music was always his first love.
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Albums

812 534-1 6 Kashif - Kashif album art Kashif Kashif (Album) Arista 812 534-1 6 Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
ACB6-8420 Kashif - Send Me Your Love album art Kashif Send Me Your Love (Album) Arista ACB6-8420 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
257 426 Kashif - Condition Of The Heart album art Kashif Condition Of The Heart (Album) Arista, Arista 257 426 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
208 145 Kashif - Love Changes album art Kashif Love Changes (Album) Arista 208 145 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
260 239 Kashif - Kashif album art Kashif Kashif (Album) Arista 260 239 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
XECD 14 Kashif - Who Loves You? album art Kashif Who Loves You? (Album) Expansion XECD 14 US 1998 Sell This Version
none Kashif - Music From My Mind album art Kashif Music From My Mind (Album) Brooklyn Boy Entertainment none US 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AS 1-9111 Kashif - Say Something Love album art Kashif Say Something Love (Single) Arista AS 1-9111 US 1983 Sell This Version
AS 1-9033 Kashif - Stone Love album art Kashif Stone Love (Single) Arista, Arista AS 1-9033 US 1983 Sell This Version
ARIST 521 Kashif - I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) album art Kashif I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) (Single) Arista ARIST 521 UK 1982 Sell This Version
AS1-9300 Kashif - Ooh Love album art Kashif Ooh Love (Single) Arista AS1-9300 US 1984 Sell This Version
A-106.681, A-106681 Kashif - Are You The Woman album art Kashif Are You The Woman (Single) Arista A-106.681, A-106681 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
AS 1-9200 Kashif - Baby Don't Break Your Baby's Heart album art Kashif Baby Don't Break Your Baby's Heart Arista AS 1-9200 US 1984 Sell This Version
A-106.681 Kashif - Are You The Woman / I Just Got To Have You (Lover Turn Me On)  album art Kashif Are You The Woman / I Just Got To Have You (Lover Turn Me On) (7") Arista A-106.681 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
CBS 804 Kashif - Purple Rain / Send Me Your Love album art Prince / Kashif Prince / Kashif - Purple Rain / Send Me Your Love(7") CBS (2) CBS 804 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
AD819416, AD-1-9416 Kashif - Condition Of The Heart album art Kashif Condition Of The Heart (Single) Arista, Arista, Arista AD819416, AD-1-9416 US 1985 Sell This Version
AS1-9447 Kashif - Dancing In The Dark (Heart To Heart) album art Kashif Dancing In The Dark (Heart To Heart) (Single) Arista AS1-9447 US 1985 Sell This Version
AS 1-9336 Kashif - Love On The Rise album art Kenny G (2) & Kashif Kenny G (2) & Kashif - Love On The Rise (Single) Arista, Arista AS 1-9336 US 1985 Sell This Version
B-5577 Kashif - Love The One I'm With (A Lot Of Love) album art Melba Moore & Kashif Melba Moore & Kashif - Love The One I'm With (A Lot Of Love) (Single) Capitol Records B-5577 US 1986 Sell This Version
AS1-9709 Kashif - Loving You Only album art Kashif Loving You Only Arista AS1-9709 US 1987 Sell This Version
104773 Kashif - Reservations For Two album art Dionne* & Kashif Dionne* & Kashif - Reservations For Two (Single, Maxi) Arista 104773 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
AS1-9626 Kashif - Love Changes album art Kashif & Meli'sa Morgan Kashif & Meli'sa Morgan - Love Changes (Single) Arista AS1-9626 US 1987 Sell This Version
SPRO-79399 / SPRO-79400 Kashif - I'm In Love album art Melba Moore Duet With Kashif Melba Moore Duet With Kashif - I'm In Love (Single) Capitol Records SPRO-79399 / SPRO-79400 US 1988 Sell This Version
AS1-9680 Kashif - Love Me All Over album art Kashif Love Me All Over Arista AS1-9680 US 1987 Sell This Version
ASCD-9668 Kashif - Say It Again / Love Me All Over album art Jermaine Stewart / Kashif Jermaine Stewart / Kashif - Say It Again / Love Me All Over(CD, Single, Promo) 10 Records, Arista ASCD-9668 US 1988 Sell This Version

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1966soulboy

1966soulboy

September 14, 2020
His best track in my opinion is one that was thrown away on the b side of a 12 inch. Thought for years this was a album only track. Rumors (Rumours) for me is the epitome of the modern soul scene in the uk circa 1983-6
ARW747

ARW747

November 16, 2016
RIP, Kashif. Still loving your music, you we're truly a genius.

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