“So sad to hear about the passing of this legend."
Stereo Nation singer Tarsame Singh Saini, popularly known as Taz, has passed away at the age of 54.
The UK-based musician, also known as Johnny Zee, had recently recovered from an undisclosed medical condition and a coma.
There were also unconfirmed reports that he was suffering from hernia issues.
Taz was supposed to have surgery but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, his operation was delayed.
On March 23, 2022, the official Stereo Nation page released a statement:
“Dear all, Taz Sir is no longer in a coma, he’s showing improvements every day.
“The family has thanked everyone for their support and prayers during this difficult time.
“When there is more positive news, The family will let us all know. Thanks again for your positive thoughts.”
However, on April 29, Taz sadly passed away.
News of Taz’s death shocked the music industry and many took to social media to pay tribute.
In an Instagram post, Jay Sean wrote:
“So sad to hear about the passing of this legend. You touched so many lives and continue to as your music lives on. May you rest in peace brother.”
Adnan Sami tweeted: “Can’t believe it!! Extremely saddened and shocked… May he Rest in Peace…”
BBC Asian Network presenter Bobby Friction wrote:
“Absolutely shocked and saddened by this news.
“Taz has passed away. Taz aka Johnny Zee aka Tarsame Singh Saini.
“Changed the Desi music game back in the 90s and lived a life full of joy, emotion and good vibes whenever I met him.”
Actor Karanvir Bohra said:
“Such sad sad news… life is too short. Rest in peace brother.”
Taz first broke onto the music scene in 1989 with his album Hit The Deck.
But he achieved stardom as the lead singer of Stereo Nation, which was formed in 1996.
He was considered a pioneer of cross-cultural Asian fusion music.
Taz produced many albums during the 1990s but his most popular album is Slave II Fusion, which was released in 2000.
The album included hits like ‘Pyar Ho Gaya’, ‘Nachenge Saari Raat’, and ‘Gallan Gorian’.
Taz also worked on the soundtrack for several Bollywood films.
This included ‘Daroo Vich Pyar’ (Tum Bin), ‘It’s Magic’ (Koi… Mil Gaya) and ‘Mujhpe To Jadoo’ (Race), among others.
He last worked on the soundtrack for Batla House.
Taz also acted in films. He featured in the 2007 films Don’t Stop Dreaming and Sambar Salsa.