Rup Magon

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Rup Magon
Born Montreal, Canada
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, composer, musician, actor, author
Instruments Tabla, harmonium, piano, dholak
Years active 1996
Associated acts Josh, Qurram Hussain

Rupinder "Rup" Singh Magon is a Canadian singer, songwriter, producer, actor and author born and raised in Montreal. He is a co-lead singer of JoSH, a South Asian fusion band.

Music career[edit]

Rup founded Josh in 1996 with his brother, Rik Magon, and good friend Shiraz 'Shazi' Hussain. They were joined by Qurram 'q' Hussein, Rup's current band-mate, in 1998, and two years later Rup and Q embarked on their own path for JoSH without Rik and Shiraz.

Rup's love and drive for music and the arts, and his unquestioned belief that he could make a career for himself singing South Asian Fusion music, despite being based in Canada, was initially met with doubt and skepticism from friends and family, who wanted him to pursue a more traditional 'North American' career not based in the arts.[1] Rup never relented, working tirelessly with Q to produce their first compositions for Josh, "Main Hoon Tanha", which also ended up being the title track for their debut album.[2]

Rup and Q have continued to produce successful music and albums including Kabhi (2004), Josh's much-anticipated second album, Mausam (2006), JoSH's third album, and Beyond Kismat, JoSH's most-recent fourth album released in 2010. JoSH has worked on various other projects as well, including a remix of Grammy winner Nelly Furtado's latest singles, "Promiscuous Girl" and "Maneater".

Among Rup's accomplishments as a member of JoSH include becoming the first Canadian Sikh to win both MTV India and MTV Pakistan awards [3]

Rup has also ventured outside of the realm of music to expand his career within the umbrella of the Performing Arts.


Rup is in the 2011 sports comedy film Speedy Singhs (also known as Breakaway), directed by Robert Lieberman, starring Vinay Virmani, Russell Peters, Camilla Belle, and Anupam Kher. Rup plays the role of Jassi Singh, a member of the Speedy Singhs hockey team featured in the film. [4] Akshay Kumar, Drake, and Ludacris also make cameo appearances in the film.

JoSH recorded the title track for the Speedy Singhs/Breakaway film, titled "Chaddi Wale Yaar" [5]


Rup will shortly be releasing his first published piece of writing, a cookbook featuring South Asian cuisine, with easy recipes for men. [6]


  1. ^ "CTV News - Breakaway Cast.". CTV News. CTV News. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ " - Meet the Band". Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. 
  3. ^ "Indian Music Industry - Immies". Immies. Indian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Times Of India - Josh Band Member Acting Debut". Times of India. Times of India. 19 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "T-Series - Chaddi Wale Yaar Video". Chaddi Wale Yaar. T-Series. 
  6. ^ "Times Of India - Josh Band Member Acting Debut". Times of India. Times of India. 19 September 2011. 

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