Mastered: Bhangra Music
Guinness Book Of World Record holder Balbir Singh is the longest remaining member of the world's longest-running Bhangra band: the Bhujhangy Group, who started their musical journey way back in 1967.
The Smethwick based band have, to date, recorded a staggering 50 albums and over 400 songs so it wasn’t too surprising that Balbir was awarded the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ in 2011 from the Brit Asia Music Awards for being the pioneer of Bhangra music within the UK.
Over time Balbir and the band’s music gradually incorporated wider influences including modern western rhythms as well as sounds from Hindi-speaking Bollywood culture. Their pioneering 1970 single "Bhabiye Akh Larr Gayee" was the first recording to combine traditional Asian sounds with modern western musical instruments and was a game changing moment in the development of Bhangra.
Image courtesy of Balbir Singh’s website.