The second wave of Covid has put India on a pause button once again. Amid all the distressing news, only music has the power to take away the numbness that we feel.
Punjabi artistes are yet again living up to the expectations of their fans. As the announcements of new albums or singles are pouring in, we pep ourselves up to sway and hit them on repeat mode till the pandemic lasts.
More than enough!
Sidhu Moosewala’s range in music is more than Range Rover, and we are equally guilty of measuring it with branded cars just like Punjabi artistes, but boy, do we flaunt it! The trailer for his latest album has got him 5.4 million in a week, and starting May 15, every alternate day he has been releasing one song from his album, Moosetape, which will last till July 21. With 30 songs in an album, he is calling for a Moosetape season, not just a month. It features artistes not just from Punjab or India but from overseas, making it one-of-a-kind venture in Punjabi music history. The list includes Bohemia, Tion Wayne, Morrison, Divine, Rajakumari, Block Boi Twitch, Sikander Kahlon and Stefflon Don.
The two songs, Bitch I’m Back (May 15) and Burberry (May 17), released so far, have garnered 16 million views and 5.2 million views, respectively.
Racks and Rounds releasing on May 21 is Sidhu’s collaboration with Sikander Kahlon for the first time. Judaa is the mood
Singer Amrinder Gill’s movie Chal Mera Putt was the last Punjabi movie we saw in theatres before Covid-19 outbreak made movie outing a dream. With his very first song from the album Judaa, Assi gabru Punjabi dil jide naal layie, ohnu chad ke na jayie ni’, Amrinder has vowed to never leave his fans in despair. Hence the announcement of the third sequel, Judaa 3, after his last album in 2014 has made many Punjabi song lovers revisit his old tracks.
He writes, “I am praying and hoping that all of you are keeping safe and healthy during these times…Judaa 3 is ready…Hopefully you will all like it…The album will not be available on any platforms that are anti-farmers. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.”
The greater good
Gippy Grewal’s music banner Humble Music is coming up with a spiritual song, Bol Waheguru which features Kulwinder Billa and Japji Khaira. Releasing on May 19, it is a much-needed positive energy during the trying times.
Satinder Sartaaj’s new song Gusse Da Nateeja from his latest album Tehreek is a love note. Sharing the video, he writes, “It’s not possible to retain limitations in love, two plus two is not always four in this relationship, so try to learn the minuteness of it.”
On the other side, one of the faces of farmer protests, Kanwar Grewal, whose Kisaani Challa has gone viral, too has announced a song, Jatt Te Zameen.
Afsana Khan is riding high on the success of Titliaan and Kamaal Karte Ho. She has released yet another sad song Saazish recently which garnered more than 5.7 million views. It features Sawan Rupowai and Rahul Jaittly. On the other hand, Jasmine Sandlas might be missing from Punjab, but her presence is felt every now and then through her music. Recently she released yet another emotional number, Royi Na featuring Raaginder.
A fresh pair
Garry Sandhu whose earlier Punjabi hits were hand-picked by Bollywood movies such as Street Dancer 3D’s song Illegal Weapon 2.0, is now back with a love song, Ishq.