All About Bohemia Punjabi Rap Star
Who is Bohemia?
Bohemia is a Pakistani-American Punjabi Rapper. Ra or Raja aka Bohemia aka Bohemia The Punjabi Rapper. Bohemia was born as Roger David at October 15th 1979 in Karachi, Pakistan. He is recognized as the king of Punjabi rap and a PIONEER of Desi-Hip-Hop world-wide.
When Raja was only 14 his family immigrated from Pakistan to ‘bay area’. While growing up in the rough streets of Oakland, CA, Raja used rapping as an outlet to escape from his thug life style. He took a bold step and became a local musician who played along with artists such as Sunil Khanna (you will find him listed in Sunil’s bio) and Manesh Judge. Sunil has referred to ‘Ra’, as a great musician and a poet; Raja soon started putting his poetry to his music and gave birth to Bohemia, the punjabi rapper.
Through his experiences, come raw raps depicting not just California street life, but a life many South Asians lead in America. His lyrics are in Punjabi, while many of the hooks are in English. Raja looks up to artists such as Jagjit Singh and the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Bohemia’s first album, Vich Pardesan De (In The Foreign Lands), was released independently in 2002 and was soon among the top ten most requested songs on BBC radio 1 in the UK.
His next album, Pesa Nasha Pyar (Money Drugs Love), was released in 2006 under Universal Music Group Pvt. Ltd. India and Ishq Records, UK making it the first ever full-length Desi-Rap album to be released by a major label. Hailing from California USA, Bohemia unloads automatic rounds of street-savvy Punjabi raps interlaced with pounding kicks, chunky bass lines and contagious melodies.
This is Bohemia’s second official release in India after the earlier album Pesa Nasha Pyar introduced the sensational Punjabi rapper Bohemia to the nation and it’s his third release worldwide. Da Rap Star comes right after Bohemia’s Bollywood performances with Akshay Kumar, probably the right time to release an album.
Bollywood playback can really get you a lot of recognition across the globe. Da Rap Star has been written and produced entirely by Bohemia himself. This is something I like about the dude. The expectations are at an all time high especially after Pesa Nasha Pyar blew my mind away.
Ra aka Bohemia started learning harmonium at a very young age from his father. He started writing Urdu/Punjabi poetry around that age as well. After migrating to the Bay Area California USA at about fourteen years of age, Ra was introduced to America that was much the opposite of palm trees and green grass. The town was infested with drugs and violence. About a year later, he lost his mother to cancer. At that time, Ra left home and becoming a local musician. He started working as a keyboard player/music arranger while living at local studios with other musicians. After a few years of success, the local group of musicians fell apart and Ra left to pursue music on his own. Bohemia soon started putting his poetry to the music he composed and gave birth to the new era of Punjabi Rap Music, a new genre of music. Through his experiences, come raw Punjabi raps depicting not just California street life, but a life many South East Asians lead out abroad.Hailing from California USA, Bohemia unloads automatic rounds of street-savvy Punjabi Rap interlaced with pounding kicks, chunky bass lines and contagious melodies.
“Vich Pardesan De” | Independent 2003
Bohemia’s first album, Vich Pardesan De (In The Foreign Land), was released independently in 2003 and was soon among the Top 10 most requested on BBC Radio1 in the UK.
“Pesa Nasha Pyar” | UMG 2006
His next album, Pesa Nasha Pyar (Money Addiction Love), was released in 2006 under Universal Music Group India Pvt. Ltd. and Bally Sagoo’s Ishq Records, UK making it the first ever full-length Punjabi Rap album to be released by a major label in the world. PNP hit #6 on the Radio Mirchi Chart India.
“Da Rap Star” | 2009
After having burnt up music charts with his Bollywood songs, Bohemia’s highly awaited album Da Rap Star has finally released (Universal Music Group, April 2009). Da Rap Star, written and produced entirely by Bohemia hit #1 on Planet M/Music World Chart in Punjab, and #7 on B4U Chart India.
“Chandni Chowk to China”
Warner Bros. Sippy Ent. 2009
Directer Nikhil Advani.
Staring Akshay Kumar & Deepika Padukone.
Bohemia wrote and produced the title track for Warner Bros. Chandni Chowk to China (Hindi: चाँदनी चौक टू चाईना, Urdu: چاندنی چوک ٹو چائنا) is a Hindi film which released on 16 January 2009. The film is directed by Nikhil Advani and stars Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.
“8 x 10 Tasveer”
Percept Picture Company 2009
Directer Nagesh Kukunoo.
starring Julian S. Low, Akshay Kumar, Sharmila Tagore & Javed Jaffrey.
Akshay teams up with Bohemia for a song in 8 x 10 Tasveer. Navin Shah, CEO of Percept Picture Company, says, “…Bohemia is a very popular rap artist and we are very happy that he has given his music for our film.”‘8×10 Tasveer’ starring Julian S. Low, Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Takia, Sharmila Tagore, Javed Jaffrey, and Anant Mahadevan is directed by Nagesh Kukunoo.