Rapper Sidhu Moose Wala shot dead before his summer tour in Canada

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Local fans in shock as ticket sales for his show at the Pacific Coliseum were delayed this week due to security risks

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Local fans joined others around the world in expressing their shock at the death of Punjabi-language rapper Sidhu Moose Wala, who had a huge following in various Canadian cities, but especially in Surrey with its large south-southern population. Asian.

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Moose Wala, whose planned concert at PNE this summer had recently raised security concerns, was shot and killed in India, according to reports in Indian media.

“He may be gone, but his legacy lives on in the dozens of artists who have been inspired by his style of Punjabi rap. The contemporary Punjabi music scene has deep roots in Canada. AP Dhillon, Byg Byrd, Gurinder Gil, like Sidhu Moose Wala, have worldwide recognition and they all create their music right here in Canada. It’s not just a loss for Punjabis, it’s a loss for Canadians,” said Gulzar Nanda, entrepreneur and current chairman of the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective.

Moose Wala was scheduled to play at the Pacific Coliseum on July 23, but ticket sales were delayed last week due to police concerns about the security risks involved.

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The Ontario-based rapper, who rose to fame after arriving in Canada as an international student, was shot dead while driving his Mahindra Thar SUV near his ancestral village of Jawaharke in Mansa district of Punjab, has announced the Indian police. Three people were shot and taken to hospital where the rapper was pronounced dead.

Just a day earlier, local authorities canceled security details for the rapper and a number of others, according to The Times of India and other media.

Police blamed gangster activity and said they were investigating unconfirmed claims of responsibility posted online. But some posters online have wondered if it could be a political calculation.

Moose Wala had joined the Punjab Pradesh Congress political party and unsuccessfully contested against the ruling Aam Aadmi party in the recent Punjab elections.

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“He’s been controversial, but I think it’s really important to note that he doesn’t have a criminal record. His only crime was being outspoken and rapping,” said Tarun Nayer, who described the artist as the “Drake of Surrey” and is organize the 5X Festival, an upcoming event in Surrey celebrating South Asian artists.

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In 2019, the Surrey RCMP asked the festival to remove Moose Wala from its 2019 lineup or lose its permit, Nayer said.

“People came out with banners. The hashtag “Free Sidhu Moose Wala” was trending on Twitter. People played his songs all day. People came out with tattoos, huge life-size billboards of him celebrating him despite the fact he was staying at a hotel down the street and the cops weren’t allowed to come upstairs on stage and play songs.

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He thinks there will be a similar outpouring for the artist this year because Moose Wala resonated deeply with people as someone who came from nothing and succeeded.

Spectators in several other Canadian cities have been able to purchase tickets for Moose Wala’s “Back 2 Business” tour in recent days, but the PNE has decided to delay sales.

Laura Ballance, spokeswoman for the PNE, said the hold-up was partly due to the scale of the concert, which could have gathered up to 12,000 people in the indoor hall in Hastings Park.

“We wanted to dig deeper into security to determine the full extent of public safety risks in consultation with police,” Ballance said. “As part of our security assessment for any major event, the police review our security plans – they can then tell us they want two or six officers on site working with our in-house security team for the event. The PNE includes this cost in its contract with the program promoter.

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Born as Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, the Ontario-based artist held handguns and assault rifles in his music videos with songs titled “Murder” and “Homicide.” The 28-year-old also went public with his rivalry with Karan Aujla, a rapper who is due to perform at the Colosseum this fall.

“As a venue operator, your job is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best so that people buying tickets can come without having to worry,” Ballance said before the rapper’s murder.

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