Laban Kinuthia Salim who goes by the stage name Salim Young, is a scion of the famous guitar playing Salim family from Subukia, Nakuru. The family is largely credited with introducing to Kenya, the concept of playing One Man Guitar or Mugithi in entertainment spots accompanied by a drummer. The Salim family has produced the likes of Salim Junior, Mighty Salim, Sarafina Salim and now Salim Young.
This family of eight with Salim Young born in 1990, the youngest of brothers was introduced to music by their Dad, Salim Senior, today a Private School Entrepreneur and Instrument’s tutor in Subukia. Like his singing siblings Salim Young was inspired by Dad who sang gospel. Contrary to popular belief, neither of his family members were Muslims due to the name Salim. Their Dad chose to be addressed by it as he wanted a name without many people. “We all now use it as our surname, it stuck,” chuckles Salim.