As the only Punjabi singer to write and perform his own lyrics, Babbu Mann is held in high esteem in the world of Bhangra music. An award-wining singer, composer and lyricist renowned for his poignant melodies, he’s become one of the best loved Bhangra artists of the time.
Born in 1975 in Khat, Maanpur in the Punjab region of India, Babbu grew up being inspired by the sounds of Punjabi folk music being played around him. Even from a young age he enjoyed performing and often took part in local and school events. His musical creativity was evident as a child as he would often use his mother’s pots and pans to practice tapping out new rhythms.
After undertaking a course at college at the age of 16, Babbu learnt the art of composing. With this skill safely under his belt there was nothing to stop the aspiring singer-songwriter and at the age of just 21, he had written his first album. However this proved to be something of a false start as Babbu, being the perfectionist that he is, was not satisfied with the final product. He took another two years out to work on some of the tracks and re-released the album, this time to great success.
Since then he has gone from strength to strength. His third album, Saaun Di Jhadi, was another smash and sold over 10 million copies in India alone. His 2006 album was a sensation and beat off stiff competition to clinch the album of the year award at the Punjabi Music Awards.
As well as being an accomplished musician, Babbu has been carving out a successful career in film on the side. In 2003 he was asked to appear in the movie, Hawayian. He has since gone on to take up the role of Music Director in other films, at present he is working on a project called Vaada Raha starring Bobby Deol.
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