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Back to balle balle

After half a decade, Dubai-based bhangra singer, Sukhbir, is back with his new album. Rachana Dubey interviews him.
Hindustan Times | By Rachana Dubey, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2008 05:19 PM IST

What took you over half a decade to cut an album?
I was helping my father, Raghbir Singh, with his album of bhajans. Akshay Kumar had also participated in it. Flying planes has been a passion since childhood. So, I'm still training in London. It will take me some more time to get my pilot's licence. I got married. I was doing shows. In the middle of all this, I've been working on my songs. That's why half a decade.

So are you creatively satisfied with the album (Tere Naal Nachna)?

I'd like to think that I am. It's a 10track dance album. I've collaborated with some new artistes..some from Pakistan as well. We've shot a video for a song in Karachi. I've sung a number in Hindi for the first time. It's dedicated to Asha Bhosle because she had told me..that I must sing in Hindi. Bhangra seems to be passé now. No, it sells as much as any other genre. Actually, the sales of every kind of music genre has gone down because of internet downloads. In fact, Punjabi music is all over the movies.. what with such a monster hit as Mauja hi mauja.

Why haven't you sung for a film after Dhoom 2 ?
I should have been based in India for that. Quite often I'm inaccessible. Still, I've sung for Singh is Kinng. The Dhoom 2 track, Dil lagana, had come my way just accidentally. I'd gone to the Yash Raj studio to meet someone. Aditya Chopra and Pritam told me they had been looking for me. They offered the song to me in the morning.. by evening we were through with the recording.

What is the response to Indian music in Dubai?
It's pretty much the same as it's here. It's the same Mauja mauja, Om Shanti Om and Sajnaji that play there. It's a mini-India. ‘Live' music is on the roll.. more kicking than it's in Mumbai though. Movie celebrities and bands are all over the place.

Lastly, would you ever try remixing?
Not with any other artiste's tracks. Touching up tracks doesn't enhance them. But on my album, I've remixed five of my older tracks.

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