Channi Singh becomes first Punjabi singer to be honoured with an OBE from the Queen for his services to Bhangra music, Charity and community work... click here to read more
Bhangra legend Channi Singh has become the first Punjabi music artist to be appointed with the prestigious honour of an OBE from the Queen of England (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), for his services to Bhangra music, Charity and community work. The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012 was officially published on 16th June 2012, where this great achievement was recognised.
Channi, who is the founder and lead singer of Bhangra band Alaap, is credited for pioneering modern Bhangra music around the globe. He is responsible for changing the entire face of Punjabi music and has successfully continued his reign as the ‘Godfather of Bhangra’ for over 30 years.
In addition to his successful music career, Channi is actively involved in charity and community work, through which he helps raise funds for cancer research, children from third world countries and eye camps in India to name a few, along with helping elderly and disabled people.
An Investiture ceremony was held at Windsor Castle on Thursday 4th October 2012, where Channi was presented with his OBE award by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.
Channi Singh and star daughter
Mona Singh became first Bhangra
artists to perform for the Prime
Minister at 10 Downing Street...
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Bhangra legend Channi Singh of Alaap and his star daughter Mona Singh were invited to attend the Prime Minister’s Vaisakhi reception at 10 Downing Street on Monday 16 April 2012. The event, which was attended by key figures from the Sikh Community from various fields, was in celebration of the Sikh New Year.
Following his speech, the Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, invited Channi and Mona to perform for the guests. Channi and Mona got the crowd singing and dancing and the Prime Minister also joined in!
“Not only were we honoured to be part of the Vaisakhi celebrations at 10 Downing Street, but we were extremely privileged to be asked to perform. This was the first time any Bhangra artist has performed for the Prime Minister at Downing Street and it was a proud and special moment for both of us. It was great seeing the Prime Minister sing along and enjoy the music”, said Channi and Mona.
This Vaisakhi, Channi and Mona have released a religious album – ‘Sabhe Ghat Ram Bole’, a copy of which was also presented to the Prime Minister.