Over the past 35 years, Bhangra icon Channi Singh (OBE), of world-renowned band Alaap, has mesmerised audiences with his evergreen compositions, which have become all-time classics.
This Diwali, Channi brings to you a collection of some of those great hits with fresh new music and vocals.
‘THE LEGEND LIVES ON’ includes hit tracks such as ‘Bhabiye Ni Bhabiye’, which became a Bhangra anthem and put Bhangra firmly on the map, the smash hit collaboration ‘Chham Chham Nachdi Phiran’, with the Queen of melodies Asha Bhosle and the romantic ballad ‘Ve Vanjareya’, which was copied by Bollywood film ‘Aashiq’, starring Bobby Deol and Karishma Kapoor. Bonus track ‘Saadi Marzi’ by star daughter Mona Singh (duet with Labh Janjua) also features on the album.
Released on 15th November 2012, ‘THE LEGEND LIVES ON’ is available to download on iTunes. Channi’s new video ‘Ve Vanjareya’ will also be airing on TV channels in conjunction with the release.
Founder and lead singer of legendary Bhangra band Alaap, Channi is the man responsible forcreating a new era in Punjabi music and getting it recognised all over the world. Formed in 1977, Channi and his band are credited as the ‘Pioneers of modern Bhangra music’, who gave Punjabi music a new identity and brought Punjabi culture back to its youngsters when it wasalmost forgotten. Channi and Alaap created a new modern sound and became responsible for changing the entire face of Punjabi music.
During their illustrious career, Channi and Alaap have achieved much to be proud of. They have created history by breaking barriers and opening doors for Bhangra in to the mainstream, invited by world renowned figures, world music organisations and mainstream TV channels to represent Punjabi music. Channi is also the first British Asian to compose and direct music for big banner Bollywood films such as Feroz Khan’s ‘Yalgaar’, ‘Janasheen’ and K.C. Bokadia’s ‘Shakitman’ to name a few.
Channi and Alaap have received countless esteemed awards for their contribution to the music industry from various organisations throughout the world. Channi has also recently become the first Punjabi artist to be honoured with an OBE from the Queen (Officer of the Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire) for his services to Bhangra music, Charity and community work. Alaap means ‘Leaders’ and in true sense they are the leaders of the modern Bhangra music scene, which paved the way for many others to follow. Fondly referred to as the ‘Godfathers of Bhangra’, Channi and Alaap have successfully continued their reign as ‘the hottest and most successful Bhangra band in the history of the universe’.