When Poushali Mitra stumbled across Judi Singh’s work in a random YouTube search last year, she soon discovered that the Edmonton jazz singer was a one-of-a-kind artist.

From the 1950s through to the ’70s, Singh was a popular Black-South Asian jazz musician from Edmonton who developed a following around western Canada, but today, many aren’t familiar with her work.

Mitra was so drawn to Singh’s music that she was driven to learn more about the singer’s legacy.

“Why did Edmonton forget Judi Singh?” said Mitra, a heritage researcher. 

“And why is there nothing to commemorate such a beautiful, important and unique piece of history?”

Judi Singh’s parents, Sohan Singh Bhullar and Effie Jones in 1928. They are holding Judi’s sister Helen. Image retrieved from Edmonton Maps Heritage – Sohan Singh Bhullar Park. (Supplied by Poushali Mitra)

An article Mitra wrote about Singh has been published by the Edmonton Heritage Council. It covers the Edmonton singer’s journey as a jazz singer, during which she worked with musician-turned-senator Tommy Banks and backed up 1970s soul singer Minnie Riperton.

Judi Singh, who now lives in Victoria, B.C., signs a copy of her album, A Time For Love.