UK Bhangra Awards 2018 Highlights and Winners

Singers, artists, producers and the media all came together for the 2018 UK Bhangra Awards in Birmingham. DESIbitz highlights the event and winners.

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"The country does have a tremendous amount of incredible Bhangra music talent"

The 5th annual UK Bhangra Awards took place at the Grand Regency Banqueting Suite in Birmingham on November 10, 2018.

Organised by Culture Unite, the event included a presentation of 24 Awards, a range of live performances, delicious food and plenty of dance.

The yearly function once again saw the promotion of Bhangra while celebrating outstanding winners and artistic talent.

The luxurious venue was colourfully lit up, with tables giving a flavour of red. Big names from the music industry, along with VIP guests were in attendance.

Boy Chana, Pam Sidhu, Apna Bhajan Jagpal and Chandni Kahn were the wonderful hosts for the evening.

The event began with several artists coming onto the stage and performing some hit tracks. Husband-wife duet Jinder Jade and Seetal Kaur sang some beautiful Punjabi songs.

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Nesdi Jones known for collaborating with Money Aujla and Yo Yo Honey Singh then came on stage, singing the popular track ‘London‘ (2014).

After a few more performances, including some dance, the hosts began presenting the awards under each category.

First of all, The Asian Today received the award for ‘Best Publication.’

Next was the leading online British Asian publication, to receive the ‘Best Website’ Award.

Honoured to win the prestigious award and highlighting the importance of Bhangra, Indi Deol, Managing Director of said:

“It is an honour to get recognition as ‘Best Website’ at the 2018 UK Bhangra Awards.

“For us, music and dance is an important part of Especially, Bhangra content which highlights its amazing history, the hits and artists, moving into the present and future.

“The UK held the Bhangra music crown for decades. With a huge number of bands, live music and artists with large followings.

“It seems it has been lost with Bhangra music from Punjab and globally, having its popularity and time.

“As the leading British Asian online lifestyle publication, we would love to see a revival of Bhangra music in the UK as it once was.”

“The country does have a tremendous amount of incredible Bhangra music talent and experience which needs to be encouraged and brought to the front.”

UK Bhangra Awards 2018 Highlights and Winners - subaig singh kandola

Subaig Singh Kandola was a standout, getting two awards for the ‘Best Male Singer’ and ‘Best Music Video.’ Khushi Kaur and Dev Nahar were recipients of the ‘Best Newcomer’ Award.

Singer Biba Singh who came all the way from America claimed the ‘Best International Artist’ award. Biba did perform some of her tracks, as well as singing the popular number ‘Mendhi Taa Sajdi.’

Proud to have won an award at the 2018 UK Bhangra Awards, Biba posting on Facebook expressed her thoughts:

“I’m so excited to win best international artist today! Thank you for so much love England and Uk BhangraAwards.”

UK Bhangra Awards 2018 Highlights and Winners - Jandu Littranwala

There were many other talents who received awards under their respective categories.

Seetal Kaur (Best Female Singer) and Shandy Kambo (Best Radio Presenter) are a few to name.

Renowned lyricist Jandu Littranwala receiving the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ was the highlight of all the winners. The man behind the lyrics of so many huge Bhangra hits including Balwinder Safri’s Chan Mere Makhna,  AS Kang’s Gidihan Di Rani and many more.

Besides all the entertainment on show, everyone enjoyed a 3-course meal, which was a nice touch to the evening celebrating the achievements of those contributing to the Bhangra industry in the UK in their own way.

Throughout the evening there were many more music and dance performances. Dara from 90s Bhangra band Shaktee took the stage to perform ‘Shaktee Da Dhol Vajda.’

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Here is the full list of winners of the 2018 UK Bhangra Awards:

Best Website

Best Publication
The Asian Today

Best Radio Presenter
Shandy Kambo

Best TV Presenter
Mohanjit Basra

Best DJ Roadshow
Higher Class DJ’s

Best Dhol Artist
Ministry of Dhol

Best Dance Group
Haripa Dancers

Best Mela
Glasgow Mela

Best Songwriter
GV – Gurpreet Virk

Best Music Producer
Vee Music

Best Musician
Gubzy Lackhanpal

Best Band
Brotherhood Group

Best Record Label
Hi-Tech Music

Best Video Producer
Sunny Dhinsey Filmlore

Best Music Video
Subaig S. Kandola ft Desi Routz – She Dances

Best Single
Jaz Dhami ft V Rakx – Aitvaar

Best Album
Jaz Dhami – Pieces of Me

Best Newcomer (A)
Dev Nahar

Best Newcomer (B)
Khushi Kaur

Best Female Singer
Seetal Kaur

Best Male Singer
Subaig S. Kandola

Best Urban Artist

Best International Artist
Biba Singh (USA)

Special Contribution Award (A)
Harminder Berman

Special Contribution Award (B)
Jassi Premi

Lifetime Achievement Award
Jandu Littranwala

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Recognising all the winners and talent at the event, everyone had a good time.

Thanking everyone for their contribution to this event, organiser Bobby Bola from Culture Unite exclusively told DESIblitz:

“Thank you to everyone that has contributed in making the UK Bhangra Awards 2018 a huge success.

“Together we have promoted Bhangra, culture & unity.”

Bobby and his Culture Unite team should be lauded for all the hard work they have put in behind the scenes. We look forward to the 6th edition of the UK Bhangra Awards in 2019

Kanshi TV available on Sky channel 775  will broadcast the 2018 UK Bhangra Awards in the month of November.

Faisal has creative experience in the fusion of media and communication and research which increase awareness of global issues in post-conflict, emerging and democratic societies. His life motto is: "persevere, for success is near..."

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