- Jassi Sidhu, UK Punjabi
pop singer promoting his latest album 'Ki Kehne' in India-There
was a time when Punjabi music was looked down upon by everyone
including Punjabis. Thanks to Punjabi singers, who have taken
the music to giddy heights by making it global” Jassi Sidhu,
former lead singer of British Asian Bhangra Band B21, describes
NRI voice in Punjabi music......Read
Jassi Sidhu from Birmingham, UK, was just 17 when he formed the
group B21. Jassi and brothers, Bally and Bhota Jagpal released their
debut album Sounds of B21 in 1996. Their follow up album By Public
Demand was a huge success with tracks 'Chandigar' and 'Puth Sardara
Da' cementing the band's place in bhangra folklore. The boys performed
'Tere Hoye Savere Darshan' in Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham.
He relaunched himself as a solo artist and in 2003 released his
self-produced album Reality Check. The 10 track album featured brand
new tracks and collaborations with Rishi Rich and Metz 'n' Trix.
"There's a lot of hip-hop mixes and I love messing with pop
music, but there ain't nothing controversial about it. It's 100
After hits such as 'Jawani' and 'Jaan', he split from the group,
declaring that they would "never, ever reconcile" and
that "(B21 was) nothing more than a glorified mime act."
quoting differences between himself and Bally Jagpal.
Jassi has released two solo albums to date. Reality check in 2004
and No Strings Attached in 2006.