‘Digitalisation of music played a spoilsport’
In our latest series, we catch up with homebred celebs who have been there, done that and stepped away from the spotlight. This week, Punjabi folk singer Pammi Bai spills the beans on his missing presence; says he has been keeping busy with live shows.Updated: May 03, 2013 10:07 IST
Pammi Bai, 49, has been popular for two things: his infectious laughter and his genre of Punjabi folk music. From village Jakhepal in district Sangrur, he is one singer who has neither allowed western beats dilute his music nor vulgarity touch his songs. He has been equally famous for his colourful attires during live-wire performances on stage.
But Pammi Bai, since a long time, has not come out with an album. We talk to him about the reasons behind the same.
Last chartbuster: His last music album Punjabiyan Di Ho Gayi Balle Balle was released in 2011 and its title song was a big hit, especially amongst the Punjabi diaspora, since the video of the song also featured Punjabis from across the world portraying their life abroad.
And, then the pause: The dip in the sale of CDs and the digitalisation of Punjabi music played a spoilsport when it comes to the singer’s enthusiasm for music albums. “The sale of Punjabi music is zero, all thanks to piracy and easy availability of music online. Even the audience these days are only interested in watching songs on television. The music companies too are responsible for changing the trend; instead of paying good singers for their work and offering royalty, these are exploiting aspiring singers by taking money from them to launch and market them. All this has turned me off. I feel that the golden era of Punjabi music has ended.”
Meanwhile: In the past two years, Pammi Bai has concentrated on live shows, says he, “I do a lot of live shows, because thankfully, people still like to hear Punjabi folk music and I get a lot of offers for live singing. I am also planning on working on a Punjabi film script, which will deal with a meaningful subject.”
Comeback plan: The singer’s fans will soon get to hear their him again, nods Pammi Bai, “I have just finalised my new song - one song in a multi-singer album. The title of the album is named after my song, Teri Akh, and the album should be out in a month.”
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