|Malkit Singh MBE|
|Birth name||Malkit Singh Boparai|
September 13, 1962 |
Hussainpur, Punjab, India
|Labels||Oriental Star Agencies|
|Associated acts||Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Aman Hayer, Bally Sagoo, Jassi Sidhu, Ravi Bal, Veer Rahimpuri, Principal Inderjit Singh|
Malkit Singh, MBE (Punjabi: ਮਲਕੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ) (born Malkit Singh Boparai; September 13, 1962) is an England-based Punjabi bhangra singer. Born in Hussainpur and raised in Nakodar, he moved to Birmingham in 1984. Singh is the first Punjabi singer to be honoured with an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He is most famous for the songs "Gur Nalo Ishq Mita", "Tootak Tootak Tootiyan", "Kurri Garam Jayee", "Dekh li vilyait", "Chal Hun", and "Jind Mahi", the latter two from the soundtrack to the popular film Bend It Like Beckham.
Malkit Singh has appeared on many Indian talk shows which are linked to Sikhism and Punjab on Akal Channel, Sikh Channel, and Sangat TV. He is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest selling bhangra solo artist of all time, with sales of over 4.9 million records in his 20-year career. His song "Tutak Tutak Toothiyan" is the fastest-selling and most successful bhangra song of all time.
In January of 2015 Malkit Singh's daughter, Amardip Bhopari, was sentenced to two years of jail in the United Kingdom for having sexual relations with a mentally handicapped minor. Following public disclosure of the incident, Malkit has removed himself from all social media outlets.
Awards and recognition
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- In 1997, he was given the recognition of the city of Los Angeles for his service to the Indian community.
- He was listed in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling bhangra artist of all time.
- In 2001, Singh was awarded the 27th Convocation Gold Medal Award Doctorate by Guru Nanak Dev University.
- In 2005, Singh was awarded the "Commitment to Scene" award at the UK Asian Music Awards.
- In 2008, Malkit Singh was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.
- In 2012, Singh was honoured with a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars.
|2014||Sikh Hon Da Maan||MovieBox/T-Series|
|2003||Midas Touch 2||Music Waves|
|1997||Agg Larr Gaayee||OSA|
|1993||Chak Deh Dholia||OSA|
|1992||Singho Ho Jo Kathe||Saga|
|1992||Tere Ishq Nachiyav||Saga|
|1991||Ragga Muffin Mix||OSA|
|1990||Dhotakada Bai Dhotakada||OSA|
|1988||Chott Nigary Lawo||HMV|
|1988||Putt Sardara De||Saga|
|1987||I Love Golden Star||T-Series|
|1986||Nach Giddhe Vich||HMV|
|2014||iPhone Mann||T-Series||Special Appearance Sung: Jatt Di Matian|
|2013||"Desi Beat"||Kamlee Records||Music By DJ Vix Taken From The Forthcoming Album "Chapter V"|
|2012||"The Folk King" (Tribute To Kuldip Manak)||MovieBox Record||Music By Aman Hayer Along with A.S. Kang, Jazzy B, Sukshinder Shinda, Malkit Singh, Manmohan Waris Balwinder Safri & Angrej Ali|
|2011||International Villager||MovieBox, Speed Records, Planet Recordz||(Beautiful)|
|2008||The New Adventures of Jassi Sidhu||Moviebox/Music Waves||Ki Kehne|
- Elkes, Neil. "King of Bhangra Malkit Singh honoured on Birmingham Walk of Stars". Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- Folkard, Claire, ed. (2004). Guinness World Records 2005. Enfield: Guinness World Records. p. 199. ISBN 0851121926.
- "Artists unite to celebrate British Asian Music". Retrieved 24 August 2010.