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Lead singer Daniel Sahad of rising Austin band Nané dies at 29

The band was scheduled to play multiple festivals in 2022. (Roger Ho)

Homegrown band Nané announced via social media that the group's frontman, 29-year-old Daniel Sahad, died on Sunday night.


Sahad had been singing for Nané since he started the rock and soul band in Austin six years ago. The news comes as a shock to the Austin community, who are offering their condolences and sharing memories on social media. The cause of death has yet to be announced.

The group of five best known for its song "Always On My Mind," put down roots while studying at The University of Texas at Austin, where Sahad and guitarist Ian Green met in 2016. In time, Dayglow drummer Brady Knippa, bassist Scott McIntyre and Black Pumas keyboardist JaRon Marshall joined in.

The band most recently performed at Austin City Hall and the Tesla grand opening party on Thursday but has made several appearances at ACL Festival, South by Southwest, and NPR's Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf. Nané was scheduled to perform at Float Fest and Karbach Love Street Music Festival in 2022.

The high-energy group headlined for Black Pumas, Sir Woman, Bob Schneider and Eric Tessmer, while releasing its debut album with Grammy-award-winning drummer John Speice IV in November 2020.

Fans of the band have taken to social media to pay their respects, saying Sahad will "live forever."

Austin Texas Musicians mourned the "incomprehensible loss."

Those who attended ACL 2021 remembered seeing Nané perform on the first weekend.

Austin FC fans and music lovers overlapped when it came to Sahad—La Murga mourned the news by remembering jumping onstage at the band's ACL 2021 performance.

Though the announcement has been live for less than a few hours, support is pouring in from hundreds of fans on Facebook.

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