Bringing Indian music to global fame, Arijit Singh, “the small town boy who made it big”, is undoubtedly one of Bollywood’s leading playback singers and he is set to woo audiences in Johannesburg on 11 February at the Sun Arena Time Square, Menlyn.
Blu Blood is synonymous for bringing world-class entertainment to South Africa, are excited to be bringing out one of Bollywood’s biggest driving forces who is continuously scaling new heights.
“Arijit is one of the most versatile and successful singers of Indian music and cinema and we are so proud to be able to bring him back to South Africa. In fact, it was Blu Blood that brought out Arijit for his first ever international show. This is going to be the biggest Bollywood musical extravaganza to hit African soil,” comments Blu Blood’s MD, Osman Osman.
Singh’s impassioned voice saw Bollywood songs top music charts across the world especially with hits Tum Hi Ho, Channa Mereya, Zaalima, and Gerua. Singh is expected to perform his hits at the at the New Menlyn Casino in Johannesburg.
Arijit is more than just a singer, a jack of all trades, he is a musician and live performer, composer, producer, recordist and music programmer and he has an impressive string of credits behind his name. He has sung over 150 tracks, won more than 50 popular awards and his global fan base continues to grow every year, he has over 17 million Facebook followers alone.
His music career began when he participated in the reality show ‘Fame Gurukal’ in 2005. Although he only made it to 6th position, the filmmaker, Sanjay Leela Bhansali recognised his talent and brought Singh on to sing Yun Shabnami for an upcoming film. The song was never released. Similarly, he was signed for an album, again, the album was never released. But this did not stop Arijit, he would soon become one of the most celebrated artists in the Indian music industry.
He participated shortly after in another reality show, ’10 ke 10 Le Gaye Dil’, which he won. He invested the prize money in building his own recording studio, where he started composing music for adverts and news and music channels. He spent the early part of his musical career as a producer, the only for him to survive in a city like Mumbai.
On his early career struggles, Singh has been quoted as saying: “One has to suffer pain to reach their destination, those days when I failed to get work, I thought about quitting and going back to my hometown, but I realised that one should concentrate on one’s work no matter what happens.”
His break came in 2010/2011 when he started working on the films. His debut as a singer in the film industry came with the film ‘Kedi’ with the song Neeve Na Neeve Na. In 2011, he made his Bollywood music debut with the Mithoon-composition Phir Mohabbat from ‘Murder 2’. He also lent his vocals for Vishal-Shekhar’s composition Duaa in ‘Shanghai’ where the song fetched him the Mirchi Muisc Award for Upcoming Male Playback Singer.
His major breakthrough came in 2013 as lead and key vocalist in ‘Aashiqui 2’ where his song Tum Hi Ho which fetched him several awards and nominations including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer. In 2015, he made his Tamil debut with the song Neeye Vaazhkai Enbena from the film ‘Pugazh’.
2017 has seen Singh lend his voice for the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and rendered a romantic song duet with Harshdeep Kaur, Zaalima for the movie ‘Raees’. He provided his vocals for the Salim-Sulaiman’s compositions Kuch Parbat Hilayein and Babul Mora for the film ‘Poorna’, to name a few.
Arijit Singh – Live In Concert will be an unforgettable musical journey with Arijit’s biggest chart-toppers, fan favourites and classics. His shows are renowned worldwide and this show will be no different.
Tickets for Singh’s February concerts are expected to be on sale from R300 upwards next week via Computicket.
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