Thursday, 10 May 2012

Malkit Singh honoured on Birmingham Walk of Stars

Malkit Singh has become the first Asian artist to be honoured on Birmingham's Broad Street Walk of Stars.

The Birmingham-based bhangra singer received his star at a special ceremony at the Gatecrasher venue at 18:00 BST.

The award is in recognition of his global contribution to bhangra music and is one of the genre's best-selling artists.

Singh joins the likes of Tony Iommi, Lenny Henry, Beverley Knight and Julie Walters to be awarded a star.

Broad Street Events Manager Nichole Samuels described Singh as "a global sensation", whose music "transcended all ages and cultures".

"I am proud that his contribution to Bhangra music will be officially acknowledged on our golden mile," she added.

Monsoon Wedding

In 2008, Singh received an MBE from the Queen for his Services to Punjabi music.

His tracks have also featured in films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Monsoon Wedding.

The singer has lived in Birmingham since 1984 when he first moved to the UK and started work in a denim factory.

Singh said he was "extremely delighted" to be see his name on Broad Street.

The singer added: "Although bhangra music originated in Punjab, India, it was in Birmingham that it was recognised and has since become popular amongst all communities throughout the UK."

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