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Tavistock’s Punjabi King is at it again.
In just two weeks, local performer Hira Dhariwal’s latest music video for his song Boliyan has been viewed on YouTube more than 1.4 million times.
Released on YouTube Jan. 22, the music video for Boliyan (www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzNovubz_IE) was filmed in the Mohali District of the Punjab region of India last March during a three-week visit to his home country that also saw Dhariwal and his music-producer cousin, Shiv Malri, shoot the video for Dhariwal’s song, Gidha Highjack, which has seen similar success on YouTube since it was released in November.
“This is my 11th song,” Dhariwal said of Boliyan, the lyrics for which were written by Jagtar Sharkpuri with music written by Jassi Bro. ” … This is my best song. It’s my favourite but also (very popular among my fans). It is a party song, a marriage song, cultural song, family song, so everybody likes it and everybody plays it on the TV when it’s party time. This is for dancing — 100 per cent dancing. It has a more fast beat, so good for dancing, good for party, good for family.”
Like his last hit music video on YouTube, Dhariwal said the Boliyan video has been extremely well received with more than 4,000 comments on YouTube from fans all over the world.
Locally, Dhariwal, a dedicated volunteer and board member with the Multicultural Association of Perth Huron, is perhaps best known for performing outdoors for front-line workers and residents of nursing and retirement homes, in parks and in downtown Stratford as a way to lift people’s spirits during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dhariwal is also well-known across the province, having played countless summer music festivals and concerts in cities like Niagara Falls, Toronto, Brampton and beyond, as well as back home in India.
“We are very proud of Hira on behalf of our community and on behalf of Oxford County,” multicultural association executive director Geza Wordofa said. ” … Hira was always (singing) during COVID outside retirement homes, the fire department, the hospital, the police station, and also for the community at home (via online livestreams). We love to support him and we are excited by his success.”
While Dhariwal has traditionally written and sung his music in Punjabi, a recent invitation to perform live as part of a televised Canadian music showcase in Toronto at the end of March led him to write three new songs in English — ‘Oh My Mom, Oh My Dad’, ‘Oh My Friends’, and ‘I Love You Canada’. For that last song, Dhariwal is also planning to release a music video featuring some recognizeable people and places in and around Stratford.
“Certainly I’ve been following Hira and sharing his musical talents with others and I look forward to hearing this new song and seeing him perform on TV in Toronto,” said Stratford Mayor Martin Ritsma, who joined Dhariwal in Stratford last week to celebrate the release of Boliyan.
In addition to YouTube, Boliyan can be streamed on most major music-streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.