Pardesan Vich Punjabi – Pavneet Singh Birgi

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A beautiful light guitar opening provides no clue as to what awaits the listener as “Pardesan Vich Punjabi” rolls into the atypical sound of beat-heavy bhangra. The exuberance of singer Pavneet Singh Birgi shows as lyrics underline the melody here. The dhol still figures heavily in providing rhythmic sounds, but it is a generally lighter than what one is generally accustomed to hearing. The end result is a joyous song from Pavneet that lies somewhere between electronica and Punjabi folk songs, updating the ancient bhangra genre, as many have done in the recent past, with a good show of skill. The lyrics are often simple chanted mantras repeating themselves for the duration of a song in conventional bhangra but, then again, on “Pardesan Vich Punjabi”, it is the musicality of the song that supports the lyrical content.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

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