Heera Group UK

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Heera Group UK
Also known as Heera, Heera Group
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Bhangra
Years active 1981–1995
Labels Saregama
Associated acts H-Dhami
Members Palvinder Dhami
J. Kumar
Bhupinder Singh
Satwant Taak

Heera Group UK was a popular bhangra music group that originated in the early 1980s. They scored several Punjabi hit songs through much of the decade. Arguably, Heera Group introduced Bhangra as we hear it today.[1]

History[edit]

Heera Group was founded in 1979 by lead singer Bhupinder Bhindi, Satwant Taak, Balbir Gill and Debbi. They made an album with Punjabi singer Narinder Biba, in which Bhindi Laltonwala sang a duet. J. Kumar joined the group which was then known as Quallander Group, changing its name to Heera Group. Palvinder Dhami joined the group after much encouragement from his friend Bhupinder Bhindi.

Career[edit]

With Charnjit Ahuja's music they released the album 'Bhabi Te Nanaan Nachdi' (1983). 'Pind De Mundiya Te' became a popular song[citation needed]. 'Jaghwala Mela' (1985) was released and became a very big hit[citation needed]. Unfortunately Bhindi temporarily ended his career due to health problems. Heera group gave 'Diamonds From Heera' and continued their success. After Bhindi left temporarily, Dhami took over and continued their rising success. However, as years passed, each member left to attain solo success. Satwant Tak went on to become a solo singer under the name "Raga Kaka". J. Kumar achieved solo success with "Teri Meri Ek Jind" in Bollywood. Palvinder Dhami became a successful solo singer in the Punjabi folk industry. Bhindi returned but only as a songwriter, and after the group ended, he went on to write songs for other U.K.-based acts.

Heera Group had a number of hit songs over a period of many years such as 'Maar Chadappa' from 'Diamonds from Heera'. At one point, they were highly popular not only in London, where they performed and recorded their songs, but also in India and Pakistan, where they gained a huge fan following[citation needed]. They also achieved popularity by becoming one of the first British Indian acts to have recorded performances[citation needed], which became big on the video cassette circuit.

Albums[edit]

Bhabhi te Nanaan Nachdi

  • Diamonds from Heera
  • Bhangra Fever Vol 1
  • Rabba Ki Kariye
  • Beyond Control
  • Jagh Wala Mela
  • Yaaran Di Yaari
  • Cool & Deadly
  • Kohinoor
  • Back to Desi
  • Alaap & Heera Group Vol - 1
  • Alaap & Heera Group Vol - 2

Awards[edit]

In 2008 the group was awarded a "Lifetime Achievement" award at the UK Asian Music Awards.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heera Group's Best Songs
  2. ^ Nazhat (March 8, 2008). "The UK Asian Music Awards 2008". desiblitz.com. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 

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