Malkit Singh

Malkit Singh MBE (ਮਲਕੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ)
Birth nameMalkit Singh Boparai
Bornc. 1963[1]
Hussainpur, Punjab, India
OriginBirmingham, England
GenresBhangra, Indi-pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1986
LabelsOriental Star Agencies
Associated actsUstad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Aman Hayer, Bally Sagoo, MalkitSingh.com

Malkit Singh, MBE (Punjabi: ਮਲਕੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ) (Malkit Singh Boparai; born c. 1963) is England-based Punjabi bhangra singer. Born in Hussainpur and raised in Nakodar, he moved to Birmingham in 1984.[2] Singh was the first Punjabi singer to be honoured with an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He was 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.

Career

Malkit Singh had appeared on many Indian talk shows which were linked to Sikhism and Punjab on MTV Channel,Channel V, and all Indian channels. He was 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 32-year career.[3] His song "Tutak Tutak Toothiyan" written by Veer Rahimpuri was the fastest-selling and most successful Bhangra ever at the time. It was released with the 1990 album Tootak Tootak Toothian, which sold 2.5 million records, a record for Bhangra Indi-pop at the time.[4]

Other Languages
norsk nynorsk: Malkit Singh
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਮਲਕੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ
پنجابی: ملکیت سنگھ