We have recorded an original Christmas song titled "A Christmas Love Song", featuring Bojan on Sitar. May just be the first ever original Christmas song featuring Sitar and Tabla. To have a listen visit http://www.myspace.com/veryvancouverchristmas.
A review from one of our shows in Abbotsford by Kat Wahamaa: "Ranj Singh and The Discriminators fuse Indian and Folk melodic and rhythmic forms to create a very tasty treat indeed rendering the contemporary and traditional into a musical feast. They were a feature at our Live @ The Reach concert series, generating a full house and captivating the audience with great songs, stories and musicianship. We've had them back for other events and I highly recommend them to presenters!"
Kat Wahamaa, Cultural Programs Manager, The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
We spent the month of August busking on the pier in Richmond BC to some great audiences. Sold a ton of merch and have been called back for next summer!
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
The band has been formed! We go by the name of "Ranj Singh and The Discriminators", and we would like to welcome David Eadie to our group on percussion. The rest of the band are Chris Dufault on lead guitar, Dan Huget on electric violin, and Bojan Bugarinovich on bass. These guys are a very talented and diverse group of musicians and bring a whole new flavor to the live show.
Friday, October 3rd, 2008 — now in bags of Hevy D's Old Fashioned Kettle Korn!
We are very excited to announce that a free download of Simple Man will be in bags of Hevy D's Old Fashioned Kettle Korn!
Check out the Hevy D Music website for more information, and look for HevyD's Kettle Korn next to the chips in your local grocery and convenience stores!
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 — now on Volume 12 of Tea South compilations
“Everything's Okay” has been accepted and featured as one of the top songs on this year's Tea Volume 12 Canadian music compilation CD.
Friday, June 27th, 2008 — news article in The Surrey Now
“Last but not least, Ranj Singh is another artist who has caught my ear in the past six months. Singh and his brothers were, for a number of years, an integral part of a bhangra-rock band called Dal-Dil-Vog (featuring the Now's own Dal Hothi). Singh performs on a regular basis in and around our area. The City of Surrey missed a golden opportunity by not including him on their upcoming Fusion Festival schedule for Holland Park, mid-July”. By Dave Chesney.
Saturday, May 31st, 2008 — new live video available on YouTube
We've got a new live video of “Everything's Okay”. Many thanks to Tysen Schieber and the crew at Art Institute of Vancouver for getting this done!
Saturday, May 10th, 2008 — Gearing up for New Music West next week
We're starting to get really excited about our show next Thursday night at The Purple Crab (a great room for music, and good eats as well).
The gig is part of this year's New Music West festival, which we are thrilled to be a part of. I know Thursday night is a tough night to get out, but we could really use your support — it's a big break for us, getting to play in this showcase, which is heavily attended by labels and music biz people... we hope to see you there!
Friday, May 9th, 2008 — 2 new videos available on YouTube
We've got 2 new video clips from our show at Myles of Beans last month available on YouTube, one for our song “Pass You By”, and the other for “Everything's Okay”.
Monday, May 5th, 2008 — We finally found our bass player!
Bojan Bugarinovic — a jazz-influenced musician — has joined us on bass, so we're now a 5-piece band!
Saturday, April 26th, 2008 — Article in Mehfil magazine
We were recently interviewed by the popular Indian magazine Mehfil. The article is on pages 82 and 83 of the online version of the March/April issue.
Friday, April 18th, 2008 — Our first video clip is available on YouTube!
We have posted our first video clip from a live performance at Myles of Beans in early April.
Friday, March 7th, 2008 — Live in the CBC Radio 1 studio
As part of a program called “Musical March”, I will be playing 3 songs — live and solo in the CBC Radio 1 studio — to promote the upcoming gig on March 9th. The performance will be between 3:00pm and 5:15pm on CBC Radio 1 AM 690. Hope you get a chance to listen. Ranj
Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 — New gigs scheduled
Check out the Upcoming Shows page for an updated list of gigs, the first of which is this coming Sunday.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 — Our first gig is coming up!
I've been working on putting together a new band, and we're gearing up to perform at a variety of venues to promote the new album. Come see the Vancouver debut of the new band on Friday, January 4th at Trees Organic Coffee. Check out our new Upcoming Shows page for more information!
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 — A quote from Wyckham Porteous
“A-ha, here is a songwriter and a singer who understands who he is and where he sits in the world.
A world of family and simple but deep values.
Ranj is all the things he sings about and that is what makes his work valuable to all of us who get the opportunity to listen.
It was and is a pleasure to be a part of.
To be who you are is a difficult task in this world of trouble.
We should all be so lucky.”
— Wyckham Porteous, singer/songwriter/playwright/producer
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 — Article in the Maple Ridge News
“Ranj Singh sings softly with a clear, bass voice that bounces off the top of a tabla... He likes to tell a story to the clear chords of an acoustic guitar...”
— Monisha Martins, Maple Ridge NewsWednesday, November 7th, 2007
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 — Buy Simple Man online!
Visit our “music page” for more information.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 — Province Newspaper Review
“Ranj Singh used to play hard rock with Vancouver '90s group Dal Dil Vog. Mixing bhangra with mainstream rock, the band was ahead of its time and never found a balance that worked — too Indian for the rock world, too rock for the Indian community. Singh retreated, picked up an acoustic guitar and headed in a more folk direction. Simple Man is a collection of sincere declarations, but one in which the balance that eluded Dal Dil Vog is acheived without apparent effort. It's evident in some of the song structures and the reinforcement of percussion. With a subtle production by Wyckham Porteous, Simple Man has character. B ”
— Tom Harrison, The Province Newspaper
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 — The first album review is in!
“Surrey's Ranj Singh first came to the public's attention in the 90's as a key member of the Bhangra Rock band Dal Dil Vog. When the band ceased to exist Singh was one of the members of the band that continued along on his musical odyssey which has led him to where we find him today, a Simple Man.
The debut disc from Singh (recorded in Vancouver with a bevy of musical and studio heavyweights), in it's self is a testimony to his musical ability and the high regard he is held by his peers. The material covered on “Simple Man” runs the gamut from world catastrophes, simply stated love songs and the touching ode to a recently departed Grandfather.
The album was recorded in just 7 days. Singh will tell you the songs simply poured out of him. Musicians dropped by to watch the sessions and were immediately recruited to join in a wondrous celebration of simplicity and the pure unadulterated joy of making music for the love of it. The results shine through at every turn along this journey of a “Simple Man”. Bravo Ranj. Take A Bow!”
— Dave Chesney, White Rock Sun
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007