Chad Saaiman, an entertainment personality with a love for cooking

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Accomplished singer, songwriter and entertainment personality from Cape Town, Chad Saaiman, has been performing professionally for over a decade and his talents have exposed him to gracing stages and drawing crowds in several cities and countries worldwide.

The Sama-nominated recording artist has released 3 albums, 1 EP and several chart-topping singles such as Play (featuring YoungstaCPT), Seeing Stars, No Feelings (with Kerwin), Belief, Nights and many more earworms that continue to garner airplay around the country. Added to that, he has penned more than 60 songs playlisted to radio in his career, and some for other artists as well.

From the Cape Town International Jazz Festival to K-Day to Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts to the I Heart Cape Town Festival to touring with Brian McKnight and Tevin Campbell, Chad continues to deliver soulful and energetic performances at the highest level.

A University of the Western Cape Alumnus – majoring in English Literature and Communications, and more recently obtaining a Brand Management Qualification with Get Smarter and UCT, Chad believes that growth and constant improvement is pivotal to achieving his goal of longevity in the entertainment industry. The proof is in the pudding as he also is the Managing Director of successful artist management and booking agency Stereotype Talent Management and is directly involved in the strategy, logistics and execution of The Black Ties, Kerwin and Allegro 80.

Named one of GQ’s Best Dressed Men in the country, Destiny Man’s Most Remarkable Men under 40 and respected as a brand in the industry, Chad Saaiman has worked with brands such as Adidas, Nespresso, Cape Town City FC, Woolworths, Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Falke, Vivo Mobile, WWF, Canal Walk and many more.

Q&A with Chad

Tell us a bit about yourself and what your average day looks like.

I am a music lover, music maker and a lover of all things entertainment. My average day starts at 6:30am with my morning routine, which includes some reading, some meditation and a workout. Then I head into the running of my business, Stereotype Talent Management and into some work on some personal campaigns and ventures. I then head to do my radio show, Saaiman Says on Good Hope FM from 6-9pm.

How did your journey in the music industry begin?

It started with me writing for R&B Star Loyiso Bala, from that point onwards things took off into me embarking on a solo career, as well as with The Black Ties, the band that I am in.

What are some of your career highlights?

Touring London, playing the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, having a career for 15 years, and for getting through the pandemic!

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.

I love cooking.

What is the best part of your job?

The joy I can bring with music and moments.

Where do you find inspiration for your music?

Everywhere! I do my best to stay aware and open to finding a story in anything. Generally, I write about my personal life and thoughts. My latest single, Peachy, is one that’s close to me.

What makes African music so unique to any other place? And how can we bring this music to the rest of the world?

African music has that sauce, that energy, that je ne sais quoi. It’s special. I think more collaboration within the continent, more love for each other. I do know that the entire music industry is looking our way right now.

With FAME Week Africa being hosted in the Mother City, what do you love about Cape Town?

Cape Town is a beautiful city with many many hidden gems, and even in the places that people don’t get to see, like in the communities for example, there is a lot of heart and lot of soul. Music and Food are love languages in these spaces, and they’re just as wonderful as the incredible scenery in Cape Town.

Notable performances:

  • K-Day 2019
  • I Heart Cape Town Music Festival 2019
  • It’s a Love Thing @ Grand Arena 2019
  • I Heart Cape Town Music Festival 2018
  • The Sun Met 2017
  • Performed alongside Tevin Campbell at Grand Arena 2016
  • Performed at the Taliep Petersen Tribute Show at Grand Arena 2016
  • Partook in the J&B Met Fashion Show 2016
  • One of the Principle vocalists in the Bidvest Year End “Under African Skies” Production
  • Performed at The Cape Town Festival as well as The Cape Town Port Festival 2016
  • Performed alongside Brian McKnight for his national tour in 2015
  • Divos 2014 alongside Phil Fearon
  • CHAN Closing Ceremony at Cape Town Stadium 2014
  • Cape Town Festival 2013
  • 20 Years of Freedom Celebration alongside GB Collective and Nothende
  • Kirstenboch Summer Concerts 2011
  • Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2011
  • K-Day 2011

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Stay tuned to his journey on the socials by giving him a follow @chadsaaiman

For more info email bookings@stereotypetalent.co.za

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