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From US to Bollywood,this rapper has sung it all

His friends gave him the nickname Bohemia,for he is the one who breaks rules and does not follow the set norms.

His friends gave him the nickname Bohemia,for he is the one who breaks rules and does not follow the set norms. In the town for a short break,this first generation Pakistan-US citizen has lend his voice to Akshay Kumar in Chandini Chowk to China. “Punjabi rap has caught the imagination of the audience. Much of the credit for this should go to Akshay Kumar,who introduced Punjabi rap in some of his hit flicks.”

Hailing from California,juggling two cultures has never been an easy task for him. “I was born in Lahore so I have some Punjab left in me but my grandfather converted to Christianity. I have always been trying to strike a balance between the Western and the Eastern culture. But music especially hip hop is one culture that binds every one,” says the rapper.

Bohemia adds,“As I was growing up,I saw blacks and whites,Asians and Mexicans all coming together on one platform of hip hop. I got hooked to this genre and in no time,I began rapping in Punjabi. My parents were skeptical about my choice of career for I used to spend more time on roads and studios rather than at home. But now they are happy for me.”

About his music,he says,“I have created desi hip hop which is not only for people who speak Punjabi but also for those who love hip hop.” Bohemia has two albums to his credit Vich Pardesan de and Pesa Nasha Pyar.

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Talking about the combination of drugs and music,Bohemai says,“I do not see many drug addicts as good musicians but there are some musicians who do take drugs. I respect them all for the simple reason that music brings to the fore the issues that we all have buried under the carpet. Music is talking about drugs. I know I may not be able to change the society overnight and I am not trying to do that in my own little way. All I want to do is show the people the dirt and we all clean it up together.”

First published on: 21-04-2009 at 11:03:49 pm
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