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by World Music Network April 23, 2012


Bhangra Artists Invited To Celebrate Vaisakhi At Number 10

On 16 April, Bhangra legend Channi Singh of Alaap and his star daughter Mona Singh were invited to attend the Prime Minister's Vaisakhi reception at 10 Downing Street. The event, which was attended by key figures from the Sikh community, was in celebration of the Sikh new year.

In his address at the reception, The Prime Minister David Cameron said, 'Sikhs number approximately 700,000 people in the UK, their representation in all aspects of British Society show that they punch well above their weight'.

Following his speech, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, invited Channi and Mona to perform for the guests. Channi and Mona got the crowd singing and dancing and the Prime Minister also joined in! Channi and Mona stated that:

'Not only were we honoured to be part of the Vaisakhi celebrations at 10 Downing Street, but we were extremely privileged to be asked to perform. This was the first time any Bhangra artist has performed for the Prime Minister at Downing Street and it was a proud and special moment for both of  us. It was great seeing the Prime Minister sing along and enjoy the music'.

This Vaisakhi, Channi and Mona have released a religious album, Sabhe Ghat Ram Bole, a copy of which was also presented to the Prime Minister.