Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Rabbi Shergil !

Rabbi Shergill (born 1975) is an INDIAN MUSICIAN famous for his debut album and the chart-topper song of 2005, BULLA His music has been described variously as ROCK SUFI and "semi-Sufi semi-folksy kind of music with a lot of Western arrangements. Rabbi himself has been called Punjabi music's true urban balladeer". Family Rabbi's father was a Sikh preacher and his mother is a college principal and also a Punjabi poetess. He is the only son among the five children. Rabbi is an alumnus of Guru Harkrishan Public School India Gate and Khalsa College, Delhi,after his college he started at the Fore School of Management but dropped out after a year.His name is Gurpreet Singh Gill After leaving college, he did ad jingles for a while, some of them were for Nova Ghee, yamaha RX-T motorbikes, ]Rabbi struggled for many years to get his debut album published. Initially he worked with Sony but Sony backed out. He then approached Minty Tejpal, brother of Tehelka's editor-in-chief, who liked his music and offered him a contract. After Tehelka's first sting operation, the company ran into financial problems and eventually cancelled the contract. Magnasound also offered him a contract, but the company became bankrupt before the album could materialize. He was finally signed on by Phat Phish Records, who brought out his debut album. Rabbi:The Album His self-titled first album Rabbi, released in 2005 was very successful and its title track (Bulla, I know not who I am!), become an instant hit. The other songs in the album are an eclectic mix, including songs of joy (Ajj Nachna), love (Tere Bin) and even on contemporary issues (Jugni). Rabbi writes in Punjabi, for "It is my pride", he says. Most of the songs in the album were composed and written by Rabbi himself except for "Bulla ki Jana" based on the poetry of 18th century Sufi mystic bulle shah"Heer" From Heer by Waris Shah and "Ishtihar" by Shiv Kumar. Later Career Rabbi has since worked as a music director and lyricist for the Hindi movie,Delhi Heights.He has also performed at the World Social Forum in Brazil, played at the inauguration of the Tri-Continental Film Festival in New Delhi and various other Live Shows. Rabbi is said to be releasing his new album exclusively on Nokia Nseries devices. The actual CD release will be in mid April. The album has 9 songs. Musical Influence Rabbi's music has been inspired by Rock,Hard Rock as well as Sufi and Punjabi folk music. His favourite musicians include Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and Jimmy Page. His songs are deeply philosophical and blends archaic, almost lost, Punjabi phrases into far more recent Indian rock music with great ease. Trivia His fans include Amitabh Bachchan and Sir V. S. Naipaul, who famously commented, "I didn’t understand it (his music); but it was very, very soulful, very deep." Mira Nair compared him to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The name Rabbi means God-facing and originates from the Punjabi word Rabb(God). Which originally came from Arabic word "Rub" which means God. Ref: Wikipedia

8 comments:

Ridhima Mathur said...

Rabbi's latest single Avengi Ja Nahin has broke into #1 in Radio City Indi Pop charts.

Way to go Rabbi

nipun said...

Rabbi rocks.. this is my First comment on any music related blog... rabbi touches the deep soul within... Ballo... pagrhi sambhal jatta... avengi ja nahi... and of course challa...all of them i must say..awesome...
Rightly said.. at times even i don't understand the words... but for sure... the way he sings... he touches lives...
loads and loads of luck and best wishes to u ..Rabbi !!!

Rajesh said...

Bulla ki jana main kaun is real real good.
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Anonymous said...

I am in love with your songs and music. They are deep and inspiring. Where can we get your CDs in Texas? Keep it up!
Poonam Par Shotam Lal

Dibya Ray said...

These songs r really touching n soulful!!! bulla is one of my favorite song,,,,,i can relate to every line,,,,its amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Paaji, you really make us proud. Glad to see a Sikh reach top of the ladder without any support. I really wish you touch milestones people never thought of & make us even more proud with your soulful music & melody!!

Singh Is King :D

Samrat Chowdhury said...

I actually knew and believed that you had died in 2007...sorry for my ignorance...am your great fan but since when i learnt that you died (committed suicide)...i started believing that someone who looks like you sings and performs in all these videos...rumors suck..