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Bullets And The Balladeer: The Method In The Music Of Sidhu Moosewala

Moosewala

Bullets And The Balladeer: The Method In The Music Of Sidhu Moosewala

In the end, Sidhu Moosewala fell victim to the characters he imagined and extolled through his music

Last goodbye: Shrine to Moosewala’s memory Photo: Vikram Sharma

He must have done good deeds in past life,
Or God truly is being kind to him.
Glow on young man’s face indicates,
His funeral bier would be lifted in his youth!

This is a loose translation of Last Ride, a hit song written and performed by Shu­b­­hd­eep Singh Sidhu (1993-2022), bet­ter kno­wn as Sidhu Moosewala. It was released two weeks before the Punjabi rap­per-tur­n­ed-­politic­i­an was shot dead on May 29, near his native vil­l­age of Moosa in Punjab’s Mansa district. He was 28. Nearly two months lat­er, his aficionados continue to thr­ong Moosa, which was a nondesc­r­ipt village until a few yea­rs ago. Many believe Moo­sewala not only bro­u­­ght lim­elight to his vill­age, but also raised the profile of the Pun­jabi music industry with his meteoric rise to stardom in a career that spanned just five years.

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