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Bhangra boy

Panjabi MC, the British-born artist scored a groundbreaking hit this year.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Berlin
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2003 01:28 PM IST

Panjabi MC, the British-born artist who scored a groundbreaking hit this year with a mix of Indian folk music and contemporary beats, was among the winners on Thursday at the first German Dance Awards.

Panjabi MC's "Mundian to bach ke" ("Beware of the Boys") was a chart success in Germany and Britain by laying traditional bhangra singing over the bass line to the theme from 1980s crime show "Knight Rider".

The crossover smash earned him the German Dance Awards' prize for the most successful newcomer.

Other winners included German band Westbam' link-up with pop diva Nena, best known abroad for her international smash hit "99 Red Balloons".

Their song "Oldskool Baby" claimed the award for best video, organizers said.

German techno group Scooter was crowned the most successful national dance act abroad.

Beyond the prize winners, singer Dannii Minogue, Kylie's younger sister, was expected to appear as a star guest at the ceremony.

The German Phono Academy started the Dance Awards, featuring 18 prizes, this year in an effort to raise the sales of dance music, which have suffered from the trend in downloading music from the Internet.

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