( 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. 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 Mitha", "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
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. 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.
Awards and recognition
He was listed in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling bhangra artist of all time.
In 2001, Singh was awarded the 27th Convocation Gold Medal Award Doctorate by Guru Nanak Dev University.
In 2005, Singh was awarded the "Commitment to Scene" award at the UK Asian Music Awards.
In 2008, Malkit Singh was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.
In 2012, Singh was honoured with a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars.
There are total of 23 Albums launched by Malkit Singh.