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Bhangra singer Malkit Singh on Birmingham Walk of Stars

Bhangra legend Malkit Singh (centre) sends the audience home on a high as he performs with Mumzy Stranger (left) and guest host Sophie Choudry
Image caption Malkit Singh received an MBE for his services to Punjabi music in 2008

Malkit Singh is to become the first Asian artist to be awarded a place on Birmingham's Walk of Stars.

Singh, known as the King of Bhangra, will be presented with the special honour in recognition of his global contribution to bhangra music.

The singer, who was born in Punjab, has lived in Birmingham since 1984 when he first moved to the UK and worked in a denim factory.

Singh said: "I am extremely delighted to receive this honour."

He will receive the award on 10 May at Gatecrasher on Broad Street.

The singer added: "Although bhangra music originated in Punjab, India, it was in Birmingham that it was recognised and has since become popular amongst all communities throughout the UK."

'Global sensation'

Singh was recognised in the Millennium edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling bhangra solo artist in the world.

Broad Street events manager Nichole Samuels said: "Malkit Singh is a global sensation and his music has transcended to people of all ages and cultures.

"I am proud that his contribution to bhangra music will be officially acknowledged on our golden mile."

Singh will perform a selection of his songs at the event, where he will be presented with the award by Birmingham's Lord Mayor, Councillor Anita Ward.

Others featured on the Walk of Stars include Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, comic Lenny Henry, Slade frontman Noddy Holder and actress Julie Walters.

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