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Rajinder Singh (Punjabi: ਰਜਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ), better known by his stage name Panjabi MC is a British Indian musician. He was born on 18 August 1969 in Coventrymarker, Englandmarker.

Career

Rajinder Singh adopted his stage name from the Punjabi language he used in the music he plays and raps. "One of [his] main goals is to fuse the two worlds [of bhangra and hip-hop]."

Nachural Records signed Panjabi MC following a remix of Kuldeep Manak's "Ghariah Milan De". Although the single was taken off the market, Panjabi MC continued making records. Another successful release was "Mundian To Bach Ke" ("Beware of the Boys") (1998; it first appeared on the album Legalised) which mixed the theme of the TV series Knight Rider with bhangra. An underground hit on the internet, it was picked up by the German record label Superstar Recordings, and became a hit in Germany and across Europe, including the UK. A version of this recording in 2003 featured American rapper Jay-Z named "Beware of the Boys".

His work, particularly the early singles and the "Mundian To Bach Ke" remix with Jay-Z, brought bhangra to a global audience via the BBC. He continues to produce music and is ever popular as a collaborator and remixer. In 2004 he made a music called Mirza and mixed this song with Turkish singer Mustafa Sandal's Isyankar, but they did not release the mixed version.

His album Indian Timing was released in 2008, the title referring to a young boy in uxbridge who highly influenced him with his brightly coloured turbans and the fact that it has taken a long time for a new album to be released.

His music video "Snake Charmer" was also screened at Deejay Ra's music video night in Toronto at the FILMI festival, North America's longest running South Asian film festival.

Sampling

On "Desi", Panjabi MC uses vocal samples from Ofra Haza's "Im Nin'Alu". He also used "Planet Rock" ("Pyar Wich (Planet Rock Remix)" on Legalised) before Afrika Bambaataa recorded "Indian Planet Rock". On “Jatt Ho Giya Sharabee”, Panjabi MC uses the theme music from the TV show Magnum, P.I. "Mundian To Bach Ke" (along with the subsequent remix version featuring Jay-Z, "Beware of the Boys") uses the bassline from the television show Knight Rider.

Television work

In 2001, Panjabi MC made his Canadian premiere at the Payal Banquet Hall in Mississauga (Ontario). Deejay Ra hosted a TV special covering the event entitled "The Bhangramentary", which was aired on the Asian Television Network (ATN). His single, "Jatt Ho Giya Sharabee", from Beware, was featured on the television show Heroes (episode 2, Don't Look Back, which aired October 2, 2006). The single "Mundian To Bach Ke" was featured in an episode of Queer as Folk. The song "Yaaran Kollon Sikh Kuriye" was featured in the show Wild Boyz as a music video. Panjabi MC has also appeared on Top of the Pops, from which the video to "Mundian To Bach Ke" began to appear on music channels across the globe.

Together with Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi, Panjabi MC remixed popular old sufi song "Chaiyya Chaiyya" which is used in Bollywood film, Dil Se. This song was used as soundtrack for the movie Inside Man. Their song "Land of Five Rivers" is being used as a theme song for the WWE wrestler The Great Khali and their song is on 'WWE Voices" the CD.

Discography

Studio albums

  • Rootz
  • Souled Out (1993, Nachural Records)
  • Another Sell Out (1994, Nachural Records)
  • 100% Proof (1995, Nachural Records)
  • Grass Roots (1996, Nachural Records)
  • Magic Desi (1996)
  • Legalised (1998, Nachural Records)
  • Dhol Jageroo Da (2001, Moviebox)
  • Desi (2002, Moviebox)
  • Indian Breaks (2003, Compagnia Nuove Indye)
  • Mundian To Bach Ke (2003, Compagnia Nuove Indye)
  • The Album (German version: Superstar/Warner; Germany) (French version: Scorpio; France) (UK Version: Instant Karma) (2003)
  • Beware (U.S. version of the album) (2003, Sequence)
  • Steel Bangle (2005, Moviebox)
  • Indian Timing (2008), PMC Records)
  • Dark MC Incisive (2009), Bhangra)


Compilation albums

  • Illegal (2006, Nupur Audio)


EPs

  • Jatt Ho Gya Sharabi (1996, Nachural Records)
  • Mirza Part Two (1997, Nachural Records)
  • Switchin' (2000, Moviebox)


Singles



Awards



References

  1. Exclusive Interview: Panjabi MC


External links




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