There is nothing more to be said or written about the musical career of Balwinder Safri. Born and raised in India, Balwinder Safri has carved an undeniable niche in the Punjabi and Bhangra music scene worldwide. The year 2001 finds 'Tu Hoor Sohniye (48k)' reverberating the sound of Safri for a brand new generation.
Birmingham, circa 1980: Balwinder Safri lands from Punjab. He joins the folk band 'Azaad' then moves onto 'Ashoka' before wining the renowned Asian Song Contest in 1986. With the formation of his new band 'Geet Sangeet' he records two albums for EMI before releasing his debut solo album 'Reflections' in 1989 (produced by Harjinder Boparai and Deepak Khazanchi) ' this was the birth of the sound of nu-beat Bhangra. In 1990, on the crest of a musical wave, Safri formed the band 'The Safri Boyz' ' breaking the mould with contemporary Bhangra bands and setting off on an unprecedented musical epic to become one of the most influential bands in the Asian world today.
Birmingham, circa 2001: 'Tu Hoor Sohniye (48k)' will surely add another blockbuster to Safri's countless smash hits. Take your pick from 'Nachdinu', 'Par Linghade', 'Safri Boyz Boliyan', 'Chan Mere Makhna', 'Put Sardaran De' and the fresh new sound of 'Sohniyie'. The past year has seen Balwinder Safri working hard in the Bat Cave studios with producer extraordinaire Ravi Bal on the latest opus 'Tu Hoor Sohniye (48k)' ' the first instalment of a five-album deal with Oriental Star Agencies. With over 14 albums to his credit, this is probably the most intense Balwinder Safri recording to date.
While his dynamic vocals take flight on 'Tu Hoor Sohniye' (written by Akhtar Hussain from Pakistan) ' set against a funk/hip-hop/reggae musical backdrop - fans will no doubt also warm to the mighty sounds of the 'Ravi Bal garage Fix' on 'Jind Meriyeh', the fever-pitch Mexicana vibe of 'Ishq' and the over whelming romantics of 'Chori'. The epic 'Sewa Kairiye' finds a range of dance hall delights battling the tumbi solo before the 'Boli Boli' takes the traditional Boliyan style into a new vocal and lyrical dimension. 'Mundri' highlights the musical dexterity of Ravi Bal and the depth of Safri's delivery in total unison before the flow moves onto the magnetic pull of the patriotic 'Sardari'. Nine new tracks (with lyrical contributions from Dev Raj Jassal, TS Chann, Baldev Mastana (UK) and India's Madan Jallandhri), ably assisted by his younger brother Avtar, and a scintillating remix of the title track to boot, make this Safri's finest moment to-date. Worldwide acclaim for his vocal versatility and power, both on stage and on record, will no doubt follow yet again. Enjoy