It is with heavy hearts, that we, at The BrandLaureate, bid farewell to Shaik Karim, an exceptional musician and a remarkable individual.
Shaik Karim was one of the founding members of the iconic Blues Gang in the late 70s. The band’s classic line-up included Shaik on drums and vocals, Jim Madasamy as the bassist and vocalist (later succeeded by Shah Shariff), Ito on vocals and harmonica, Julian Mokhtar leading on the guitar, and Ghani Abu Talib, also known as Tok Ghani, on the keyboards. As a recipient of The BrandLaureate Country Branding Award 2014, the Blues Gang have left an indelible mark on the Malaysian music scene. They graced us with timeless hits like “Apo Nak Dikato,” “Khatulistiwa,” and “Mak Siti.” Opening for Uriah Heep in 1983 was also just one of the many milestones achieved by the Blues Gang, pioneers of the “all-Malaysian” bands.
Beyond the stage, Shaik Karim faced his own battles, including diabetic complications. Nonetheless, he continuously portrayed unwavering commitment to his music and his band, proving that the Blues Gang truly was “his life.”
Shaik will fondly be remembered for his contributions to the national music scene, his kindness and resilience, as well as the joy he shared with the world. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fans. May his soul rest in eternal peace.