Hard Kaur recalls struggle to get known in Britain

Last Updated 30 October 2012, 10:16 IST

Rapper Hard Kaur, known for giving hit party numbers like "Ek glassy" and "Talli", says that as a female musician life is easier here in comparison to Britain.

The 33-year-old had to fight her way to get one chance in Britain, but she is glad that her work is being accepted here.

"The struggle was more in Britain than it is in India. I had to fight with boys... I didn't want that being a girl should get in my way," Kaur, who spent her growing years in Birmingham, told IANS.

"In India, I am thankful that 'Ek Glassy' was already a hit and after that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy gave me Bollywood song ('Move your body') in 'Johnny Gaddaar'," she added.

She feels talent should not be judged on the basis of nationality or gender. "There should be no limit... it shouldn't matter if I am an Indian or I am a girl. I can rap and that is all that should matter," she said.

The rapper, who went on to rap in songs like "Laung da lashkara" and "Bas ek Kinng" in Hindi movies "Patiala House" and "Singh Is Kinng", respectively, says doing Bollywood songs was a boon for her.

"It's not a distraction. It's a kind of help because when you do Bollywood, your voice goes to places than it would normally go with an independent album. You reach a bigger audience.

"I am doing Bollywood because I have a chance. There are so many artists who do not get this chance," she said.

Kaur's last album "Superwoman" came in 2007 and, after five years, she is now ready with her next titled "Party Loud All Year: PLAY" in collaboration with Sony music.
She hopes it helps in bringing back the era of independent albums.

"Music channels used to support any kind of music, but now they have kind of become pushy towards only Bollywood music. I hope my album works as motivation for people to continue to do the same," she said.

Asked if she would like to sing some other genre in future, Kaur says: "If one wants to experiment then that is OK but I will not do things that don't suit me."

(Published 30 October 2012, 10:16 IST)

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