It seems these days more and more young Sikh musicians are bringing their creative talents, voices and energy into creating Sikh related music. I think it is awesome! I hope this trend continues and that they are supported by the Sikh community. Coming from a western background I love quite a variety of music. Much of what I listen to is either Gurbani or music that is a fusion of east and west. I think when you come from other cultures it is natural to have an influence on the music that is created. I love classical Kirtan…but I also love some of the music that young sikhs are creating these days. It gives variety for people of all ages to enjoy. Tonight I wanted to introduce the Sikh musician Balvinder Singh from Australia, who recently came out with his first CD Album titled "Reaching for Home". This album mixes western instruments and soothing voices to create a mellow and pensive atmosphere.
About Balvinder Singh
"I started learning Indian Classical music at a young age, initially by my father. I learnt classical tabla for a number of years and then went on to learn Sitar from a variety of ustads overseas. What motivates me is to break down the boundaries between music. I believe it is universal and as a first generation Australian, when I heard the sounds of Indian classical music I cant help but fuse it the music I have grown up in. I also would really like my music to help people; and Sikh scriptures have a beautiful message that I am trying to get to a wider audience. I am also trying to elevate the standard and push the boundaries of traditional kirtan, taking it to new levels." Here are three of the tracks from the CD to check out. If you like the music, please support Balvinder Singh by purchasing a CD online. The one thing I have realized in helping my mother with her CD is that making music can be a very time consuming and expensive process. So if we want more music then it is good to support these "budding" musicians.
Reaching for Home
Contact Balvinder Singh or Order the CD Ps. You can also hear a remix that I did of one of his tracks with some leadership affirmations by some of the Sikh youth here. Listen here. Also hear more of his music at: http://www.myspace.com/balvindersingh