Punjabi music artist-turned-politician Sidhu Moose Wala has died after suffering gunshots. This incident occurred in Jahawarke village of Mansa district on Sunday where two others are injured in the firing. He was in his late 20s.
Following a security cut-down by the Punjab government, Moosewala had only two out of a usual four police gunmen as guards. According to media reports, the police suspect gangsters as the perpetrators of the murder. It is believed that Mafia based in Canada made ransom calls to many musicians and Punjabi actors.
The artist gained prominence following his tracks like So High. Numbers like 47 topped international charts, especially in the UK and Canada. His studio album Moosetape even ranked on the New Zealand Hot chart.
Though popular, Moose Wala has also been caught up in an array of controversies. He has faced legal challenges for promoting gun culture and using inflammatory/inciting lyrics in his songs. In fact, his single Panjab: My Motherland is said to have glorified the Khalistani (Punjab Separatist) movement.
Just last month, Moose Wala released his debut Ep No Name featuring AR Paisley, Mr Capone-E and Sunny Malton. It is Number 73 on Billboard Top Canadian Albums.
Aside from rapping and singing, he has starred in a few Punjabi-language movies in titles such as Moosa Jatt and Yes I Am Student. Jattan Munda Gaun Lagya was his final film, which was released earlier this year.
The singer, whose real name was Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu Moose Wala, contested the 2022 Punjab Assembly election on a Congress ticket from the Mansa constituency. He lost his debut poll to AAP’s Dr Vijay Singla.
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