Age: 63 Years
Death Date: 26/07/2022
Wife: Nikki Davitt
|Real name||Balwinder Singh Prime Asia TV Canada|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 173 cm
in meters– 1.73 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 8”
|Debut||Music Album: Safri Bomb The Tumbi Remix (1995)|
|Date of Birth||15 December 1958 (Monday)|
|Birthplace||Kapurthala, Punjab, India|
|Date of Death||26 July 2022|
|Place of Death||New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, England|
|Age (at the time of death)||63 Years|
|Death Cause||In 2022, he had a triple bypass surgery. After the surgery he had some complications which led to his brain damage, and he went in coma. However, he came out of coma, but he could not recover properly and passed away. The Economic Times|
|Hometown||Kapurthala, Punjab, India|
|College/University||Randhir College, Kapurthala, Punjab|
|Educational Qualification||A degree in music YouTube- Kanshi TV|
|Religion||Sikhism YouTube- Kanshi TV|
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
Note: According to his Instagram account, Nikki Davitt was his second wife, and the couple met in 2010.
|Children||Daughter– Priya Kumari (step-daughter)|
Father– Gyan Singh (religious singer)
Mother– Name Not Known
|Siblings||Brother– Avtar Singh Safri (younger; singer)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Balwinder Safri
- Balwinder Safri was an Indian singer, who was residing in Birmingham, Canada since 1991. He sang many popular Punjabi songs like “O Chan Mere Makhna” (1998), “Tere Ishqe Ne” (1999), and “Rahe Rahe Jaan Waliye” (2010).
- In his childhood, his father used to sing Gurbani and Shabad Kirtan at various gurdwaras. He used to accompany his father in gurudwaras and from there he developed an interest in singing.
- While studying in school, he used to sing patriotic songs in school’s morning assembly and other competitions.
- He learnt the basics of Indian classical music from his guru Jaswant Bhawra.
- In 1980, he moved to Canada and started working as a tailor in a cloth manufacturing factory. On weekends, he used to work with various music groups as a singer.
Balwinder Safri in his younger days
- Initially, he worked with a few music groups named ‘Azad Group’ and ‘Ashoka Group.’ He used to perform with music groups at various stage shows and live events.
Balwinder Safri in one of his events
- In 1985, he sang the song “Jad Lagiya Chotta Ishqiya Diya” first time on TV.
- After working with the music groups for a few years, in 1990, he formed his music group ‘Safri Boys’ with six members. Safri Boys released many Punjabi songs and music albums which gained immense popularity in India and Canada.
- Balwinder Safri worked as a singer in many Punjabi music albums like ‘Kar Shukar Khuda Da’ (1994), ‘Another Level’ (1999), ‘Inferno’ (2000), ‘Get Real’ (2010), and ‘Jadon Mann Dole Tera’ (2014).
A collage of Balwinder Safri’s music albums
- He sung many popular songs like “Do Tikhiyaan Talwaran” (1997), “Tera Bhana” (2000), “Pao Bhangra” (2009), and “Mere Dil Te Alana Paya” (2010).
- In an interview, he shared how he got the name Safri, he said,
I was a notorious child in school and was not interested in studying. One of my teachers used to taunt me by saying ‘Tu hamesha safar they rehnda aa, bada safari bna firda aa.’ From then my teacher used to call me safari safari. When I made career in singing I included it in my name.”
- In 2019, he received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Brit Asia TV.
Balwinder Safri’s Instagram post about his award
- In 2022, he had triple bypass surgery at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, England. The surgery had complications which resulted in his brain damage. Thereafter, he went into a coma, and after almost 86 days, he was discharged from the hospital. During the treatment, he showed some signs of improvement, but he could not survive and passed away on 26 July 2022. On his demise, various Punjabi celebrities shared their grief.
Balwinder Safri during his last days
- The former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh shared his condolence on Safri’s demise. He tweeted,
Saddened to learn about the death of Punjabi music legend Balwinder Safri today. My heartfelt condolences are with his family and millions of Punjabi fans around the world.”
|↑1||Prime Asia TV Canada|
|↑2||The Economic Times|
|↑3||YouTube- Kanshi TV|
|↑4||YouTube- Kanshi TV|