Saleem & The Music Lovers


Piano, Keyboard, Vocalist.


The legendary live performances of Saleem & The Music Lovers have put them on stage with the likes of Common, The Roots, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, KRS-1, Little Brother, Rakim, and The Wu-Tang Clan to name a few. Their music has been featured on CNN, written about in newspapers and magazines, and rocking overseas for years, and you still don’t have them in your iPod? You may want to update your playlist…very soon.

So, who is Saleem & The Music Lovers? The band formed in 05’ with a simple goal to blend the live band tradition with elements of modern hip-hop. The band decided early on to forgo the use of live drums and instead use an ASRX-Pro drum machine as a nod to hip-hop productions from the late 80’s and early 90’s. Now, imagine a production manager’s surprise, and trepidation, when Saleem & The Music Lovers arrive on stage and say, “We don’t need our drums mic’ed up, but can you show me where to plug in?” Needless to say, it was a risky and groundbreaking step to take, but they felt that it was well worth it.

They started out using simple rhythmic patterns that focused on heavy basslines over head nodding drum sounds. However, in the process of discovering their “voice,” they began to infuse elements of jazz, soul, and rhythm & blues into their music. This immediately expanded the breadth and scope of their musical expressions prompting radio show host Ryan Green to say, “Saleem & The Music Lovers pick up where The Roots’ Things Fall Apart left off.”

Saleem provides the perfect counterpoint to the melodies crafted by Topix, Sinseer, Lady T, and Debbie H, The Music Lovers. Together, their powerful performances have won them fans from east to west and abroad, making them one of the most highly regarded groups on the underground scene.

Saleem & The Music Lovers have been compared to many, but they continue to blaze their own trail, brimming with the raw, organic vestiges of early hip-hop culture. The group has reawakened the trend of blending powerful performances with intelligent lyrics. In the tradition of artists such as, Stevie Wonder, Mos Def, and Curtis Mayfield, Saleem & The Music Lovers challenge listeners to move beyond restrictive labels and simply focus on the music. As Saleem says, “It’s soul food served on a platter to your children, and if they love music I know they’re going to listen.” So, better late than never. If you love music, check out Saleem & The Music Lovers and put them in your iPod…and you have my permission to say you discovered them first.

Screen name:
Saleem N The Music Lovers
Member since:
Apr 08 2009
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
46 years


Premiere, Pete Rock, KRS-1, De la Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Minnie Ripperton, Ahmad Jamal, Stevie Wonder, Jay Dee, Ron Carter, Big Daddy Kane, Nujabes, Raphael Saadiq, Head-Roc, and host of others. Appreciation for an equally wide range of people such as Miriam Mikeba, Kwame Toure, Harry Belafonte, Randolph Robinson, Claude Anderson, and John Henrik Clarke have helped us refine our musical approach.

Members Of Band

Saleem Heggins - Emcee
Topix - ASRX-Pro/ASR10 Drum Machine
Sinseer - Bass Guitar
Tangela - Keyboardist/Vocalist