Dharni Ng

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Dharni Ng
Dharni Ng.jpg
Born27 February 1987
Singapore
Alma materCoral Secondary School, Temasek Polytechnic (School of Design)
Known forAward winning beatboxer

Dharni Ng (born 27 February 1987) is a Singaporean beatboxer based in Poland.[1][2][3] Born and raised in Singapore, he has been lauded as one of Singapore’s most prominent musical exports in the last decade, having won numerous international beatboxing competitions.[4][5][6] As of March 2020, Dharni has over 6,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and over 224,000 followers on Instagram. He is also active on YouTube with over 580,000 subscribers on his channel.

Background[edit | edit source]

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

Dharni and his mother pictured in 2020. Thumbnail from YouTube video.

The youngest of three children, Dharni was born in Singapore on 27 February 1987.[7][8][9] When he was seven years old, his father passed away at the age of 72.[10] Dharni’s mother, Ong Huat Sim, has been featured on Dharni’s YouTube channel in a video titled “I teach my 70 year old mom how to beatbox”.[11]


Dharni began beatboxing at fourteen years old after discovering Michael Winslow and Rahzel.[12][13] The self-taught beat-boxer learned improved his skills based on the feedback he received from the online beatboxing community, Human Beatbox.[13] Dharni first performed for an audience during a talent show in secondary school. In an interview with Bandwagon, he shared that the performance was an empowering experience that drove him to "do even more".[14]

Moving to Poland (2011)[edit | edit source]

Dharni relocated to Warsaw, Poland in 2011. Having learnt more about Polish culture through his Polish girlfriend at the time, Dharni saw Poland as an ideal headquarters to kickstart his career.[15][16] The cost of living was reportedly affordable and he could also travel easily to other European countries for international beatboxing events.[17] Basing himself in Europe also meant that he was at the forefront of music trends that would otherwise take a year or two to reach Asia.[18]

Early career in Poland[edit | edit source]

Dharni and K-Leah pictured in 2014 on the day of the Must Be The Music Again finals. Photo from Facebook.

Upon moving to Poland, Dharni joined the Polish television talent show Must Be The Music (2011) with two other beatboxers.[19] The team emerged in fourth place but eventually disbanded.[20][21] Dharni's second big break in Poland came in 2014 when he joined Must Be The Music Again with the singer, K-Leah.[22][23] The duo came in second place, fuelling Dharni's reputation as a beatboxer.

Career highlights[edit | edit source]

Beatboxing competitions[edit | edit source]

Dharni pictured in 2016 at one of the Grand Beatbox battles. Thumbnail from YouTube video.

Dharni won first place at The Grand Beatbox Battle in 2013 and 2014, making him the first solo double champion in history.[24][25]

Year Competition Position Organiser Refs.
2016 Grand Beatbox 7 TO SMOKE Battle 4th Place Swissbeatbox [26]
2014 Grand Beatbox Battle Championship 1st Place Swissbeatbox and BScene [27]
2013 Grand Beatbox Battle Championship 1st Place [28][29]
2012 3rd Beatbox Battle World Championship Finalist Beatbox Battle [30]
2011 Emperor of Mic 2011 1st Place AKG by Harman [31]
2009 2nd Beatbox Battle World Championship Finalist Beatbox Battle [32]

Performances[edit | edit source]

As early as 2004, Dharni has been an invited performer at various public events, concerts and beatboxing competitions. One of his earliest public performances was for The Black Eyed Peas concert.

Year Event Organiser Refs.
2019 11th Grand Beatbox Battle Swissbeatbox [33]
2017 Asia Beatbox Championship Judge Showcase Asia Beatbox [34]
Chang Urban Pulse Chang Beer [35]
2016 Asia Beatbox Championship Asia Beatbox [36]
American Beatbox Championship Swissbeatbox [37]
Flux Pavilion (Opening Act) - [38]
2015 4th Beatbox Battle World Championship Beatbox Battle [39]
2009 Lady Gaga: The Fame Ball Tour (Opening Act) - [40]
2008 Kanye West: Glow in The Dark Tour (Opening Act) -
2004 Black Eyed Peas (Opening Act) -

Community building[edit | edit source]

Apart from using YouTube to release his latest track compositions, Dharni also uses the platform to upload beatboxing tutorials.[41] Through events, camps, and workshops, he has groomed young talents across the world who are looking to break into the scene.

Beatbox Battle Royale - Singapore[edit | edit source]

In 2016, Dharni organised the first Beatbox Battle Royale, a beatboxing competition for Singaporean beatboxers. This event was held at *SCAPE for two consecutive years.

Year Event Location Refs.
2017 Beatbox Battle Royale *Scape, Singapore [42]
2016 [43]

Beatboxing camps - Poland[edit | edit source]

Photo from Swiss Beat Box.

Dharni is also involved in the beatboxing community in Poland, having been a part of beatboxing camps for up-and-coming talents.

Year Camp Location Refs.
August 2019 The SBX Camp Krakow, Poland [44]
August 2017 World Beatbox Camp [45]

Judge[edit | edit source]

Over the years, Dharni has been invited as a judge at various international beatboxing competitions. Apart from judging the 2015 American Beatbox Championships, he also organised workshops for the contestants.[46]

Year Competition Organiser Refs.
2019 Asia Beatbox Championship Asia Beatbox [47]
2017 [48]
2016 [49]
2015 Beatbox Battle World Championships Beatbox Battle [50]
American Beatbox Championships American Beatbox [51]

Collaborations[edit | edit source]

In 2019, Dharni produced a track for the G-Shock Future Legends campaign alongside various local artistes. Photo from Esquire.

On YouTube, Dharni has collaborated with artistes from various genres to produce collaborative tracks. He has also worked with brands like G-Shock,[52] Ballantine's and Boiler Room,[53] Kinguin[54] and Kwaver[55] on advertising and promotional campaigns.

Year Project Artist(s) Video Links
2019 G-SHOCK Future Legends: MADE NOT BORN Axel Brizzy, Tengy Boy and DJ Farah Video
‘Raj’ beatbox version Smolasty Video
‘Lay Low’ beatbox version Roxie Węgiel Video
2018 I.F.S (I’m Fuck She) The Beatbox House and Mad Twinz Video
‘Sami’ beatbox version ZUZA JABŁOŃSKA Video
Rendition of ‘Diva Dance’ opera Edyta Krzemień Video
WHAT Mad Twinz and Bass Ventura Video
2017 ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ beatbox version Edyta Krzemień Video
Move Your Body Bigman Video
Say My Name x Planets Collide Remix Mad Twinz Video
‘Geniuses & Thieves’ beatbox version Gentle Bones Video
2016 The Fall Gene Shinozaki Video
Happy Chinese and Lunar New Year REMIX SGAG Video
2012 Rolling In The Swing DJ KoFlow Video

Discography[edit | edit source]

Screengrab from the music video of Dharni's track, Comments (2020).

All From The Mouth (2006) was Dharni's first-ever track. He had produced while interning at an audio post-production company.[56][57] As of 2020, all of Dharni's tracks have been independently released.

Year Track Title Duration Video Links
2020 Comments (Short) 1:13 Video
My Name Is Dharni 2:51 Video
2019 Onion Song 1:07 Video
2016 Jingle Hop (#SleighorSlay) 0:46 Video
The Om Telolet Om Anthem 0:54 Video
2013 Basel Beats 1:31 Video
Baby Don’t Go 1:19 Video
2011 I Miss You 2:24 Video
MotorMouth 0:41 Video
2007 Mouth Saw 3:10 Video
2006 Talk About 4:26 Video
All From The Mouth 3:17 Video

References / Citations[edit | edit source]

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  2. Dharni. “My name is Dharni (Official Music Video)”. YouTube. February 26, 2020. Accessed on 24 March 2020.
  3. Lee, Jocelyn. “Can You Beatbox Your Way To Online Stardom?”. 8 Days. April 4, 2017. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
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  8. Surej Singh. “Singaporean beatboxer Dharni pays tribute to The Fifth Element with singer Edyta Krzemień – watch”. bandwagon. May 9, 2018. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
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  10. Tan, Jeanette. “Internationally Famous: For S’porean beatboxer Dharni, the world is truly his oyster”. Mothership. July 2, 2017. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
  11. Dharni. “I teach my 70 year old mom how to beatbox”. YouTube. February 3, 2020. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
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  22. Must Be The Music Polsat. “Dharni i K-Leah - Lights - FINAŁ 7. edycji Must Be The Music”. YouTube. May 28, 2014. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
  23. Lee, Jocelyn. “Can You Beatbox Your Way To Online Stardom?”. 8 Days. April 4, 2017. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
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  26. Swissbeatbox. “DHARNI vs BLOOMER | Grand Beatbox 7 TO SMOKE Battle 2016 | Battle 4”. YouTube. May 26, 2016. Accessed on 24 March 2020.
  27. Swissbeatbox. “DHARNI (SNG) vs TWO.H (KOR) | Grand Beatbox Battle 2014 | FINAL”. YouTube. May 11, 2014. Accessed on 24 March 2020.
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  30. BEATBOX BATTLE. “Dharni - Singapore - 3rd Beatbox Battle World Championship”. YouTube. April 4, 2012. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
  31. AKG Acoustics. “Beatboxing dharni vs. sizzler - Final - Emperor of Mic 2011”. YouTube. August 1, 2011. Accessed on 24 March 2020.
  32. BEATBOX BATTLE. “Dharni - Singapore - 2nd Beatbox Battle World Championship”. YouTube. May 30, 2009. Accessed on 24 March 2020.
  33. Swissbeatbox. “DHARNI | Grand Beatbox Battle Showcase 2019”. YouTube. December 2, 2019. Accessed on 24 March 2020.
  34. Asia Beatbox. “Dharni (SG)|Asia Beatbox Championship 2017 Judge Showcase”. February 12, 2018. Accessed on 24 March 2020.
  35. Hidzir Junaini. “WATCH: Dharni and Gentle Bones team-up for this special beatboxed version of ‘Geniuses & Thieves’”. bandwagon. March 14, 2017. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
  36. Asia Beatbox. “Dharni (SG) | 2016 Asia Beatbox Championship Showcase”. YouTube. July 25, 2017. Accessed on 24 March 2020.
  37. Swissbeatbox. “DHARNI | American Beatbox Championship 2016 | SHOWCASE”. YouTube. December 31, 2016. Accessed on 24 March 2020.
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  41. "Beatbox Tutorials". YouTube. Accessed on 30 March 2020.
  42. Asia Beatbox. Facebook. March 15, 2017. Accessed on 25 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/Asiabeatbox/posts/congratulations2017-beatbox-battle-royale-champion-neolizervice-champion-r_fanbx/1065991966879824/
  43. Dharni. “Event: DHARNI x ZIIIRO x RF JAM presents. THE BEATBOX BATTLE ROYALE”. Facebook. Accessed on 26 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/events/playspacescape/dharni-x-ziiiro-x-rf-jam-presents-the-beatbox-battle-royale/1266076136739916/
  44. Dharni. “🔥Announcing The SBX CAMP 2019!!!🔥 (7-14 August Krakow, Poland)”. YouTube. May 27, 2019. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
  45. Dharni. “WORLD BEATBOX CAMP - The first ever beatboxing educational festival”. YouTube. July 2, 2017. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
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  49. Korea Beatbox TV. “DHARNI | Asia Beatbox Championship 2016 Judge | Shout out”. July 26, 2017. Accessed on 25 March 2020.
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  52. Yap, Celine. "Music and fashion creatives unite as Casio’s latest G-Shock tips a hat to Future Legends of Singapore". September 20, 2019. Esquire. Accessed on 27 March 2020.
  53. Ballantine’s. “Ballantine’s x Boiler Room”. Facebook. February 6, 2017. Accessed on 25 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1380533648686571
  54. Kinguin.net. Twitter. May 31, 2017. Accessed on 26 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://twitter.com/KinguinNet/status/869930020013318146
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  57. Dharni. "Dharni - All From The Mouth". YouTube. November 4, 2010. Accessed on 27 March 2020.