Bringing Indian music to global fame, Arijit Singh, “the small town boy who made it big”, is undoubtedly one of Bollywood’s leading playback singers and he is set to woo audiences in South Africa in February 2018.
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Leading the playback pack, this will be Arijit’s first visit to Durban on 10 February at the Durban ICC Arena, and he returns to Johannesburg the following night on 11 February at the Sun Arena Time Square, Menlyn.
Blu Blood and Showtime Promotions, both synonymous for bringing world-class entertainment to South Africa, are excited to be bringing out one of Bollywood’s biggest driving forces who is continuously scaling new heights.
“Arijit is one of the most versatile and successful singers of Indian music and cinema and we are so proud to be able to bring him back to South Africa. In fact, it was Blu Blood that brought out Arijit for his first ever international show. This is going to be the biggest Bollywood musical extravaganza to hit African soil,” comments Blu Blood’s MD, Osman Osman.
Veesham Maharaj of Showtime Promotions adds:
“Bollywood lovers have been patiently waiting for Arijit’s return to South Africa and we are excited to be able to add Durban to the tour this time. This is our biggest concert to date. Arijit’s team will be coming in a month earlier to ensure that all logistics and technical details are on track for the big show.”
Arijit is more than just a singer, a jack of all trades, he is a musician and live performer, composer, producer, recordist and music programmer and he has an impressive string of credits behind his name. He has sung over 150 tracks, won more than 50 popular awards and his global fan base continues to grow every year, he has over 17 million Facebook followers alone.
His music career began when he participated in the reality show ‘Fame Gurukal’ in 2005. Although he only made it to 6th position, the filmmaker, Sanjay Leela Bhansali recognised his talent and brought Singh on to sing Yun Shabnami for an upcoming film. The song was never released. Similarly, he was signed for an album, again, the album was never released. But this did not stop Arijit, he would soon become one of the most celebrated artists in the Indian music industry.
He participated shortly after in another reality show, ’10 ke 10 Le Gaye Dil’, which he won. He invested the prize money in building his own recording studio, where he started composing music for adverts and news and music channels. He spent the early part of his musical career as a producer, the only for him to survive in a city like Mumbai.
On his early career struggles, Singh has been quoted as saying:
“One has to suffer pain to reach their destination, those days when I failed to get work, I thought about quitting and going back to my hometown, but I realised that one should concentrate on one’s work no matter what happens.”
His break came in 2010/2011 when he started working on the films. His debut as a singer in the film industry came with the film ‘Kedi’ with the song Neeve Na Neeve Na. In 2011, he made his Bollywood music debut with the Mithoon-composition Phir Mohabbat from ‘Murder 2’. He also lent his vocals for Vishal-Shekhar’s composition Duaa in ‘Shanghai’ where the song fetched him the Mirchi Muisc Award for Upcoming Male Playback Singer.
His major breakthrough came in 2013 as lead and key vocalist in ‘Aashiqui 2’ where his song Tum Hi Ho which fetched him several awards and nominations including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer. In 2015, he made his Tamil debut with the song Neeye Vaazhkai Enbena from the film ‘Pugazh’.
2017 has seen Singh lend his voice for the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and rendered a romantic song duet with Harshdeep Kaur, Zaalima for the movie ‘Raees’. He provided his vocals for the Salim-Sulaiman’s compositions Kuch Parbat Hilayein and Babul Mora for the film ‘Poorna’, to name a few.
Arijit Singh – Live In Concert will be an unforgettable musical journey with Arijit’s biggest chart-toppers, fan favourites and classics. His shows are renowned worldwide and this show will be no different.
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Durban ICC Arena, Durban
Sunday, 11 February 2017
Sun Arena Time Square, Menlyn, Pretoria
Tickets for both shows start from R300 and now available through Computicket online or Computicket outlets.
Another Bollywood extravaganza brought to you by Blu Blood and Showtime Promotions in association with Glow TV, Aucor, Dadas Motors, IBV Gold, Serendipity Travel, Tilley Doors and Rising Sun.
About Blu Blood
Blu Blood is personified in the form of Osman and Shaaista Osman, who have combined their expertise, experience and enthusiasm as the two pillars of this lifestyle and management brand. Known for the professional event management services, they have hosted the biggest Bollywood productions including Atif Aslam, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Goshal and Adnan Sami as well as crossing paths with renowned international and local artists including US actor/comedian, Orlando Jones, Azhar Uzman, Preacher Moss, Russel Peter, Joey Rasdien, Marc Lottering. They are the exclusive management house for Riaad Moosa and Tumi Morake.
About Showtime Promotions
Experts in the showbiz industry, have more than 40 years combined experience in event management and concert promotion. The represent a new wave of quality entertainment in South Africa. Over the past 22 years, they have set new precedents with local and international events that has benchmarked the company as one of the leaders in Bollywood show business.