Back in 2005, after months of underground oblivion, Tigerstyle resurfaced and introduced a fresh new talent to the UK Bhangra community, New York – Punjabi singer/songwriter Bikram Singh. The album titled American Jugni produced by Tigerstyle was the best-selling album in the UK that year and the track Kawan, which also featured vocal talents of Gunjan (a well established female Hindi/Punjabi singer) was named by BBC radio as the track of the year.
Bikram having penned the romantic couplets to the original song himself, laid the vocals while recording the album with Tigerstyle in Scotland, some months later, having collaborated with Gunjan on some other recordings Tigerstyle invited Gunjan to record on Kawan, the song was completed and after release became a timeless classic.
So why revamp this timeless classic? Collectively we all felt this song never really got the justice it deserved, as budgets were limited at the time we put the album together and Bikram being a new artist, the label didn’t have enough confidence in the project to shoot a separate video for the song, so it just appeared as part of a medley video. For years Bikram and Gunjan have been performing the song around the world, and the amount of love the song has received is a real inspiration for us all as artists to continue making good music. This time with the revamped song, Bikram has really put his heart and soul into making sure the song is well highlighted with a good music video. – Pops, Tigerstyle.
Watch the official teaser to Kawan 2 here: