|Birth name||Muhammad Khan|
|Born||December 12, 1975|
Music of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Rahim Shah was born in Karachi, where he was raised and educated. His career is still based in Karachi. He is an ethnic Pukhtun. He is multi-lingual and is fluent in Pashto, Urdu, and Punjabi. His father is from Swat, (Pakistan).
Rahim Shah's solo career began in the late 1990s with lots of hits to his credit from the onset, to mention the song Ghum which broke popularity records. In a short span of time, Rahim Shah has earned recognition for his singing talent. He sang Ghum under the supervision of Salman Alvi and recorded his album working hard on making it different from others. The song turned out to be a huge hit.
His Pashto album Peera became an instant hit after its release. Another album called Saba Ru had success with the tracks Tap Tap and Payal. In the same year, he released another Pashto album titled Medda Medda. After taking a short break, he returned to work bringing another hit with the song Channa in 2003. He also worked on three videos that were Priya and Rang Lai Mehndi, directed by Sarwar whereas Suhail Javed directed his third video Tere Ishq Ne. Rahim Shah also sang Jhoola, which he wrote and dedicated to his mother.
His new '12 track' album has taken a year to produce and will be released with the help of Fire Records (Pakistan). Shah has placed an emphasis, in his musical arrangements, on folk music mixed with pop music. Lately, he has also been working on a video with focus on high-budget videos with visual and marketing aids. Rahim Shah is known to have said, "There is no doubt that we (Pakistanis) have got very good music, but they (Indians) have a very good market."
Audience in India
Shah attracted the attention of Indian audience with his 1999 song Pehle Toh Kabhi Kabhi Ghum Tha. According to a major English-language newspaper in Pakistan, "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 sang it, but the credit goes to Rahim Shah who translated the "tappa" into Urdu and gave it his own arrangement." This was later re-copied by Indian singer Altaf Raja. Rahim Shah still has a fan base in India.
Shah's favorite singers are Salman Alvi, Nayyara Noor, Sonu Nigam, and Asha Bhosle. In fact he sang his most popular song "Ghum" under the supervision of Salman Alvi. He has interest in welfare work, but he doesn't like to ask for donations. He said about his short hair, "It's better a singer is remembered for his cheerful sounding vocals than his long hair."
- Ghum (1999) (a very popular album in 1999)
- Sadma Bewafa Ka (2000)
- Saba Ru (2001)
- O Peera
- Jhoola (playground swing) (song dedicated to Rahim Shah's mother, also written by him)
- Channa (2003)
- Pyar Nahin Milta (2004)
- Yarana (2005)
- Chercha (2007)
- Maa'ma Dey (September 2009)
- Hello Hum Lallann Bol Rahe Hain (2010)
- Gul Jana (2011)
- Bad Times (TV Series) (2014)
- http://www.pakistanherald.com/profile/raheem-shah-799, Profile of Rahim Shah on Pakistan Herald newspaper, Retrieved 27 March 2017
- سندرغاړى رحيم شاه مو ميلمه وو, Profile of Rahim Shah in Pashto language on BBC News website, Published 5 December 2012, Retrieved 27 March 2017
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1ubl3w_o-maa-mujh-ko-jhulao-na-jhoola-rahim-shah_music, Rahim Shah's song 'Jhoola' on the internet, Uploaded 12 May 2014, Retrieved 27 March 2017
- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1215016/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_1, Filmography of Rahim Shah on IMDb website, Retrieved 27 March 2017
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