Sukhbir (musician)

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Sukhbir
Birth name Sukhbir Singh
Also known as Prince of Bhangra
Born (1969-09-11) 11 September 1969 (age 45)
Origin Jalandhar, Punjab
Genres Bhangra
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1995-2011
2014 (as featuring in a music video)
Labels EMI

Sukhbir Singh (born 11 September 1969) is a Bhangra singer. He is often referred to as the "Prince of Bhangra".[1][2] His Bhangra music varied from fusion to pure Punjabi at times.

Early life[edit]

Sukbhir Singh was born in Punjab, India but moved with his family to Nairobi, Kenya, and was raised there.[3][4] He spent 20 years in Nairobi.[5] He began recording in 1991[4] and moved to Dubai in 1992.[6]

Music[edit]

His first album. New Stylee, was recorded in Dubai and had many foreign influences. The album though, was nominated and won the 1996 Channel V Awards in three categories: Best Debut Album, Best Male Vocalist and Best Music Video (for "Punjabi Munde")[7] This album was followed by another, Gal Ban Gayi, and then a third called Hai Energy.

His other album, Dil Kare, includes hits such as the title song and Nachle Soniye. The video to the song 'Girls Girls Girls' features various Indian beauties, such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Celina Jaitley.[citation needed]

Sukhbir's Bhangra is a fusion of Bhangra with rap, techno and reggae. The juxtaposition of these musical styles is enhanced by Sukhbir’s use of original Bhangra instruments like the dhol and dholak. In Oi Triesto, his music was complemented by Spanish and Portuguese rhythms, while he also uses instruments like: tablas, congos, guitars and keyboards in his music.[7][8]

He sang the song Dil laga from Dhoom 2. He has also sung a song with Indian band Josh. When the tsunami occurred he sang a song with Jassi Sidhu, Shin, DCS and Taz, stereo nation.[citation needed] He made a guest appearance in a 2012 Punjabi Film Pata Nahi Rabb Kehdeyan Rangan Ch Raazi as himself. He is back to singing now and his new album is Tere naal nachna.

Discography[edit]

  • New Stylee (1996)
  • Gal Ban Gayee' (1997)
  • Hai Energy (1999)
  • Prince of Bhangra Volume 1 (2000)
  • Oi! Triesto' (1995)
  • Dil Kare (2001)
  • Sukhbir - Greatest Hits' (2002)
  • Tere naal nachna' (2008)
  • " Nirgun Raakh Liya " (2009)
  • " Putt Sardaara Da - Pata Nahi Rabb Kehdyen Rangan Ch Raazi " (2012)
  • " Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho " (2012)
  • " Ni Hogaya Re Pyar Soniye " (2012)
  • " Nachle Mere Yaar " (2012)

Family[edit]

He is based out of Dubai with his wife Dimpy. He has one brother in London and two brothers in India.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Balle Sukhbir! The Hindu - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003
  2. ^ Artist of the month - SUKHBIR - Vanilla Music
  3. ^ "Pioneer in bhangra pop". The Hindu. 18 June 2002. Archived from the original on 2004-01-16. 
  4. ^ a b Q&A with Sukhbir - IndianJ
  5. ^ Nachle sohniye, sings Sukhbir The Tribune, Chandigarh - March 25, 2005
  6. ^ a b Home-grown sons of the soil India Today - March 1999
  7. ^ a b Sukhbir - NDTV Music Profile
  8. ^ MTV's APNA ARTIST OF THE MONTH - MTV India

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