Celebrities

Malkit Singh

Malkit Singh, MBE (Punjabi: ਮਲਕੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ) (born Malkit Singh Boparai; September 13, 1962) is an England-based Punjabi bhangrasinger. 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.

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Career

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.

Personal life

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

  • 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.

Discography

Year Album Label
2014 Sikh Hon Da Maan MovieBox/T-Series
2009 Billo Rani MovieBox
2005 21st Chapter OSA
2003 Midas Touch 2 Music Waves
2002 Paaro OSA
2001 Mighty Boliyan OSA
2000 Nach Nach OSA
1999 Millennium Mixes OSA
1997 Agg Larr Gaayee OSA
1995 Forever Gold T-Series
1994 Midas Touch OSA
1993 Chak Deh Dholia OSA
1992 Singho Ho Jo Kathe Saga
1992 Tere Ishq Nachiyav Saga
1991 Gal Sunja Saga
1991 Ragga Muffin Mix OSA
1990 Dhotakada Bai Dhotakada OSA
1989 Hai Shava T-Series
1989 Fast Forward T-Series
1988 Up Front HMV
1988 Chott Nigary Lawo HMV
1988 Putt Sardara De Saga
1987 I Love Golden Star T-Series
1986 Nach Giddhe Vich HMV

Duo collaboration

Year Album Label Notes
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 ToKuldip 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