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In 2019, Jaz reconnected with the style he’d dabbled in with Teri Ah. Keen to produce music that would put a Panjabi song on par with any mainstream release. He began work with Alan Sampson in 2017 and found himself on a journey of musical discovery. 2019’s releases have been shaped by this musical union.
Kiwe Dassa and Kai Saal sees production from the world class Alan Sampson (producer for Zayn Malik, Rita Ora and Craig David).
October 2019 saw the release of one of the most exciting collaborations of Jaz’s career, where he brought together Alan Sampson, rapper Sama Blake and producer Eren E (producer of Amplifier, Imaginary Girl for Imran Khan) for Bomb Bae.
In 2020 Jaz has stepped up to release a series of duets including with the UK’s Youtube sensation Arjun with Running Away, Charkha with a new talent Mitika Kanwar and later with the legendary Pakistani singer Naseebo Lal, with Kasoor.
There’s a number of other big Punjabi projects in the works and a monster collaboration with American rapper French Montana, as well as a few surprises in store for fans of Jaz Dhami in 2021, in both the desi and urban spheres of his music.
Jaz Dhami says “When you make music you always visualise yourself performing it in some capacity, those performances or experiences often have some sort of influence on the style of music you end of making. Being in the studio producing music during the pandemic has been great but I’m most happy when I can get on stage with my band and bring those songs to life. With Birmingham being my hometown, its always going to be my favourite place to perform. I look forward to experiencing that hometown love once again very soon, meanwhile I’ve selected a few of my favourite songs to perform, but also listen to when I’m chilling.”
Bhujhangy, meaning child, a name established by 2 very young brothers in 1964, Balbir and Dalbir. However, this journey wasn’t easy and started in a small town called Smethwick in Birmingham. In 1964, Balbir and Dalbir was called the Bhujhangy Jhata at their local Sikh temple (Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick). There, they met a music teacher Mr Darshan Singh Bhogal, who taught Sikh history, alongside teaching young students the Indian tabla and harmonium. The ‘Bhujhangy’ brothers, started to sing religious hymns accompanied by the tabla and harmonium across the UK temples and became a very famous young group. These young students became very talented and confident and formed ‘Bhujhangy Group’ meaning “Children Group”. They understood the sikh history, studied classical music and studied all panjabi folk songs. They mainly performed at the Smethwick Gurdwara Sikh temple, which was the first Gurdwara built in Europe – and this is where their journey began.
Singing in temples has always been the forefront of Bhujhangy’s career. As their voices projected, so did their audience. From all over UK, Bhujhangy had thousands of fans wanting to hear this fresh sound which was broadcasting even from outside the Sikh temple, as there were so many people attending at one time. In 1967, Balbir & Dalbir Bhujhangy was performing on stages, weddings and functions. In 1967, they recorded their very own EP called ‘Teri Chiti Nu Parah’ in Uxbridge, London Studio’s with producers Sukhi and Gurnam. 100 copies of this EP was recorded and distributed in local Jukeboxes around the Midlands by hand; played in local pubs. Late 1968, Bhujhangy Group went to Star Agencies OSA where we handed our EP to be released on the company label.
As time went on, Balbir and the late Dalbir Singh Khanpur used their experiences from their homeland of India and UK to build a foundation in the UK as Pioneers of Bhangra Music in the UK. They continued to release over 300 songs which were a mixture of Religious Songs, Gurbani Shabads, Quwalli and Panjabi/Urdu Gazals, panjabi folk songs, Hindi songs, Classical songs and Panjabi Bhangra music.
For over 50 years, Balbir Bhujhangy has been performing on stage and has been awarded the ‘Longest running Bhangra artist in the UK’ by the Guinness Book of World Records and also the ‘Pioneer of Bhangra Music in the UK’.
Bhujhangy says “The last year has been very difficult as I have not stopped singing since 1964. So for this pandemic to hit, its the first time in over 50 years I felt a little lost in my way. Singing is all I know, it is what I love and my passion has never left me. I continued to sing in the pandemic by releasing 4 songs on iTunes and having my own show on a local radio station. If you have the passion then you cannot give it up for anything.”