Balwinder Safari (2022–1978) was an Indian singer who lived in Canada. He was popular for singing various Punjabi songs like “O Chan Mere Makhna” (1998), “Tere Ishq Ne” (1999), and “Rahe Rahe Jaan Wale” (2010). He died on 26 July 2022 after recovering from a coma.
Balwinder Safari aka Balwinder Singh was born on Monday, 15 December 1958.age 63 years; at the time of death) in Kapurthala, Punjab, India. Their zodiac sign is Sagittarius. He developed an interest in music in his childhood after listening to Gurbani and Shabad Kirtan sung by his father in various Gurudwaras. While he was still in school, the traveler used to sing patriotic songs at school competitions and morning meetings. Later, he took training in Indian classical music under his mentor Jaswant Bhavra. He earned a degree in Music from Randhir College, Kapurthala, Punjab, India.
Hair Color: brown
Eye Colour: brown
parents and siblings
His father Gyan Singh was a religious singer. His younger brother Avtar Singh Safari is also a singer.
wife and children
According to his Instagram post, he met a girl named Nikki DeWitt in 2010, whom he married. Reportedly, she was his second wife. Balwinder had a step daughter named Priya Kumari.
He followed Sikhism.
In 1980, he moved to Canada from Punjab, India and joined a textile manufacturing company as a tailor. He used to work on weekdays, and on weekends he used to perform with various music groups like ‘Azad Group’ and ‘Ashok Group’.
In 1985, she gave her first performance on TV and sang the Punjabi song “Jad Lagiya Chhota Ishqiya Diya”. In 1990, he formed a musical group named ‘Safari Boys’ along with five other members. He lent his voice to many Punjabi songs like ‘Kar Shukra Khuda Da’ (1994), ‘Other Level’ (1999), ‘Inferno’ (2000), ‘Get Real’ (2010), and ‘Jadon Man Dole Tera’. 2014) which gained immense popularity. In 1995, Balwinder released his first music album ‘Safari Bum The Tumbi Remix’ (1995). Some of his other popular Punjabi music albums are “Do Tikhian Talwar” (1997), “Tera Bhana” (2000), “Pao Bhangra” (2009), and “Mere Dil Te Alana Paya” (2010).
In 2022, he underwent triple bypass surgery at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, England, following a cardiac arrest. After the surgery, various complications were detected in his body which damaged his brain and he went into a coma. After being in a coma for 86 days, his body started reacting to certain things, but his body could not recover and he died on 26 July 2022.
On his death, former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh shared his grief on Twitter. He tweeted,
Sad to learn about the passing of Punjabi music legend Balwinder Safary today. My condolences to his family and millions of Punjabi fans around the world.”
Facts / Trivia
- In 2019, he was honored with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Brit Asia TV.
- During an interview, he shared how he got the name Safri, he said,
I was a notorious kid in school and I was not interested in studies. One of my teachers taunted me by saying ‘Tu always safar ve rehanda aa, bada safari bana firda aa’. Since then my teachers used to call me Safari Safari. When I made a career in singing, I took it upon myself.”