Bhangra superstar Malkit Singh certainly got the party started this weekend when he played to a crowd of over 30,000 people at a show to celebrate the winter Olympics in Canada.
A big welcome awaited the Punjabi folksinger who was chosen to headline the event ahead of Canadian bhangra singers due to his immense international popularity. Event organiser Linda Hepner said she was aware that Malkit would be a popular choice for south Asian audiences, but was overwhelmed by the response from non-south Asians as the whole crowd got involved with the legendary singer’s fantastic performance.
Malkit took to the stage on Saturday night and much to the delight of the crowd, played some of this best loved songs. He belted out hits like Jind Mahi, and of course Tootak Tootak Tootiyan and the audience were with him all the way.
A number of other up-and-coming bhangra acts have had their chance to shine during the Winter Olympics in Canada. Singer Harbhajan Mann performed at the opening of the games to a huge audience, and home-grown talent in the form of bhangra band En Karma, who have become an established act on the Canadian bhangra scene, also had their moment of glory during the Winter Olympics.