Bhangra Superstar Jazzy B Becomes First South Asian to be Inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame
Jaswinder Singh Bains, more commonly known as Jazzy B (Crown Prince of Bhangra), made history this year as the first South Asian to be inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame. His name was added to the “StarWalk” on Granville Street in Vancouver, followed by an official celebration. The official induction ceremony took place on September 17th, 2016.
Founded in 1992, the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame was created to honour British Columbians who have made outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. StarWalk inductees are featured with a plaque on Granville Street and a gallery in the Orpheum.
Jazzy B was born in Punjab, India, and raised in Surrey, BC. He started his singing career in the early 1990s, and surpassed numerous barriers and obstacles in his quest for success. He is credited with reconnecting Indo-Canadian youth to their roots, at a time in which racism was extremely apparent in the nation; a time at which many Indo-Canadian youth were “embarrassed” to speak in Punjabi, let alone listen to Punjabi songs. Jazzy B brought a fresh new style to the industry, elevating the Bhangra scene to a new level, and his albums became a hit across the nation.
Fast forward over 2 decades: Jazzy B has fans all over the world, his music videos have garnered millions of views on Youtube, and his songs have been featured in both Bollywood and Hollywood movies. One of his newer songs, “Mitran de boot,” for example, has over 24 million views alone.
Jazzy B’s collaborations have also been interesting: he has worked with Snoop Dogg, featuring him in his track entitled “Most Wanted.” He has also collaborated with Sukhshinder Shinda, Dr. Zeus, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Aman Hayer and more.
Jazzy B repeatedly releases hit after hit, year after year, and there is much more success to come for Canada’s “Crown Prince of Bhangra.”
Jazzy B’s star on the StarWalk can be found on the 800-block of Granville Street, near Zumiez clothing store and IndigoSpirit.
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