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Bohemia Musician

Roger David (born 15 October 1979), better known by his stage name Bohemia (Pakistani Punjabi: ?, stylised BOHEMIA or Raja), is a Pakistani American rapper and record producer.

Early life

Bohemia was born on 15 October 1979,[2] in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his family when he was 13.[1]

Career

In early 2000 he moved to join his cousin in Oakland who was working at a West Oakland recording studio, and introduced him to a young hip hop producer called Sha One (Seth Agress). Discovering that they both shared a deep interest in music, they made plans to form their own record label, which they subsequently called "The Outfit Entertainment". After Sha heard Bohemia reciting something he had written in Punjabi he asked him to rap it over one of his beats. Over the next few months, he wrote a library of lyrics. This would become arsenal for his debut album Vich Pardesan De (In The Foreign Land) - an autobiographical story of his life as a Desi youngster adopting to the streets of America, which he and Sha One produced together. Their first single "Sha Te Ra" was released as a music video, but the song itself was not included on Vich Pardesan De. The following album, Pesa Nasha Pyar [Money, Intoxication, Love] became the first full-length Punjabi rap album released by a major label. It was recorded and produced by Sha One and Bohemia in their downtown Oakland studio. After nearly two years of perfecting their sound and style, a seamless fusion of Bohemia's Punjabi vocals, and Sha One's English hooks, the album was finally released. He subsequently signed a multi-record deal with music label Universal Music Group. In 2006, Pesa Nasha Pyar was on the Top 10 downloads of Maxim, and No. 3 on Planet M chart India.[3] His first album Vich Pardesan De get nominated in BBC UK top ten albums. Da Rap Star, his third album, received four nominations at the UK Asian Music Awards and PTC Punjabi music awards. It also remained at No. 1 on Planet M chart several weeks.[4]

He performed the title track for Warner Bros film Chandni Chowk to China, appearing in the film with Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.[5] A few months later he did the title track for another Akshay Kumar film, 8 x 10 Tasveer.[6] In 2011, he gave a song as a present to Akshay Kumar for his first Hollywood production Breakaway.[7]

In May 2012, Sony Music India signed Bohemia. As part of the association, Sony Music managed his music albums, launches and shows under its management program.[8][9]

In September 2012 he released his fourth album Thousand Thoughts.[10] In 2013, it won Best Non-Resident Punjabi Album award at PTC Punjabi Music Awards.[11] At the Coke Studio Sessions he was the first rap artist, appearing in their fifth season where he performed three songs. Bohemia has also recorded a collaboration with Sonu Kakkar and Jamaican American artist Sean Kingston.[12]

In 2015, Bohemia launched his own music label Kali Denali Music.[13] Bohemia appeared in XXL magazine in New York.[4]

In 2017, Bohemia released his latest album Skull & Bones: The Final Chapter.[14]

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 "Da Rap Star" Best Punjabi Album at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Nominated
2010 "Da Rap Star" Best Sound Recording at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Nominated
2010 "Da Rap Star" Best Punjabi Music Director at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Nominated
2010 "Da Rap Star" Best International Album at UK Asian Music Awards Nominated
2013 "Thousand Thoughts" Best International Album at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Won
2015 "Excellence Music" Award of Excellence - Music at FOG Festival Of Globe Won
2015 "Music Career" Make it large at Mirchi Music Awards Punjabi Won
2016 "Jaguar" Best Duo at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Nominated
2016 "Patola" Best Duo at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Won
2017 "Hathiyar 2" Best Duo at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Nominated

Discography

Albums

Year Album Music Director Artist Label
2002 Vich Pardesan De Bohemia Bohemia The Outfit Entertainment
2006 Pesa Nasha Pyar Bohemia Bohemia Universal Music India
2009 Da Rap Star Bohemia Bohemia Universal Music India
2012 Gulabi Bohemia Jasmine Sandlas Ft. Bohemia Sony Music India
2012 Thousand Thoughts Bohemia Bohemia Sony Music India
2017 Skull & Bones: The Final Chapter Bohemia Bohemia T-Series

Mixtapes

Year Album Music Director Artist Label
2016 KDM Mixtape Volume 1 Various Various Kali Denali Music

Film Soundtracks

Movie Song Year
Chandni Chowk to China Chandni Chowk to China 2009
8 x 10 Tasveer I Got the Picture 2009
Breakaway Sansaar 2011
Desi Boyz Subha Hone Na De 2011
Faraar Taur 2015
Dishoom Subha Hone Na De (Remix) 2016

Singles and collaborations

Year Track Artist Music director/Album name
2003 All Around The World Bohemia ft. AMAN (Amaar & Siege) Bohemia
2006 Evury day Bohemia Bohemia
2007 Keep It G Bohemia ft. Kurupt Bohemia
2009 Kala Doriya Bohemia ft. Dj Chintu Bohemia
2009 Chalo Bohemia ft. IQ Bohemia
2009 Sher-E-Punjab Bohemia ft. Mika Singh Mika Singh
2009 Dunali Bohemia ft. Mika Singh Bohemia ft. Mika Singh
2010 My Shoes Bohemia ft. MiddleMan ft. Mr. Kay & Bohemia
2010 Sh Sh Sharabi Bohemia ft. Gippy Grewal Bohemia ft. Gippy Grewal
2010 Holi Holi Nach Tarsame Singh Saini ft. Bohemia Tarsame Singh Saini
2010 Hathiyar Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia Jatinder Shah
2010 Daru Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia Gitta Bains
2010 What Have I Learned Bohemia ft. Jennifer Bohemia
2011 Bandookaan Desi Beam ft. Bohemia Desi Beam
2011 Bulawa Bohemia ft. Pakman & D-Naar, Bohemia
2011 Jee Karda Bobby B ft. Bohemia, Bobby B
2012 Chadd Ditta Bohemia ft. Mixman Shawn Bohemia
2012 Maar Charapa Sir Punj ft. Bohemia Sir Punj & Rishi Rich (Unreleased Track)
2012 Adhi Raat Jasmine Sandlas ft. Bohemia Bohemia
2012 Jaane Jana J.Hind ft. Bohemia J.Hind
2012 Paigam Bohemia Bohemia
2012 Talli Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia Tigerstyle
2013 Rooh (the Soul) Bohemia Bohemia
2013 Rooh Remix Bohemia ft. Pardhaan Bohemia
2013 My Ride Remix The Bilz & Kashif ft. Glasses Malone, Bohemia, Drega, Nivla
2014 Phenomenon Bohemia Bohemia
2014 Bad Boy D Major ft. Bohemia Tigerstyle
2014 Brand New Swag Bohemia ft. Haji Springer & Panda Bohemia
2014 Yaad Anah Bohemia Bohemia
2014 Preet Haji Springer ft. Pree Mayall & Bohemia Haji Springer
2014 U n Me Sean Kingston ft. Sonu Kakkar, & Bohemia Iraj
2014 Akkha Mumbai Mun E. Fame ft. Bohemia Mun E. Fame
2014 Fire Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia Haji Springer
2014 Saheli Gurdeep Mehndi ft. Bohemia Gurdeep Mehndi
2014 Wake N Bake Bohemia ft. Avenue OB Avenue OB
2014 Main Bohemia Bohemia
2014 Meri Bandook Haji Springer ft. Bohemia Haji Springer
2015 Devil inside Haji Springer ft. Bohemia Haji Springer
2015 Koi Ni Parwaa Haji Springer ft. Bohemia Haji Springer
2015 Jaguar Sukh-E ft. Bohemia Sukh-E
2015 Tension Stress Master-D ft. Bohemia Master-D
2015 Yaaran De Siran Te Nishawn Bhullar ft. Bohemia Rupin Kahlon
2015 Ankhiyan Tony Kakkar ft. Neha Kakkar Bohemia Tony Kakkar
2015 Akhiyan Unplugged Tony Kakkar ft. Neha Kakkar Bohemia Tony Kakkar
2015 Stolen Sahyba ft. Bohemia Rishi Rich
2015 Patola Guru Randhawa ft. Bohemia Preet Hundal
2015 Salute Bohemia Bohemia
2015 Taur Bohemia ft. Gippy Grewal Haji Springer
2015 Level SunnyBoy ft. Haji Springer Bohemia Haji Springer
2015 Mere Baare Bohemia Haji Springer
2015 Muqabala K. S. Makhan ft. Bohemia Prince G
2016 Setti Gippy Grewal ft. Bohemia Jatinder Shah
2016 Muqabla
  • J.Hind
  • Bohemia
  • Shaxe Oriah
Haji Springer & Shaxe Oriah
2016 Gametime
  • Bohemia
  • J.Hind
  • Shaxe Oriah
  • Pardhaan
  • Haji Springer
  • Raxstar
  • 3AM Sukhi
  • Young Desi
  • Gangis Khan
  • Deep Jandu
Haji Springer & Shaxe Oriah
2016 Zaalima Waqar Ex ft. Bohemia The Magician
2016 Gang Bang Operation
  • Gitta Bains
  • Bohemia
  • Doughboi Fiji
Deep Jandu
2016 Club Pub Bohemia & Sukh-E & Ramji Gulati & Ali Quli Mirza Ali Quli Mirza
2016 Challa Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia Deep Jandu
2016 Hathyar 2 Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia Deep Jandu
2016 Teri Kamar Pe Tony Kakkar ft. Bohemia Tony Kakkar
2017 Tamasha Sajjad Ali ft. Bohemia Sajjad Ali
2017 MTBK Bohemia & Lazarus ft. Deep Jandu & Shaxe Oriah Shaxe Oriah
2017 Weed Da Saroor J Lucky ft. Bohemia Deep Jandu
2017 Nothing (Remix) Raxstar ft. Bohemia DJ Harpz
2017 No Make Up Bilal Saeed ft. Bohemia Bloodline Music
2017 Patake Satti Satvinder ft. Bohemia Haji Springer
2017 Gold Digger Gud Luck ft. Bohemia Deep Jandu
2017 Thoddi Wala Till Simranjeet Singh ft. Bohemia Mix Singh
2017 Car Nachdi Gippy Grewal ft. Bohemia B Praak
2017 Dada Giri Sab Bhanot ft. Bohemia Sab Bhanot
2017 G Wagon Goldy Goraya ft. Bohemia Deep Jandu
2017 Mahi Aaja Rahul ft. Bohemia Bohemia
2017 Thinking About You Sofia ft. Bohemia Bohemia
2018 Zeher Deep Money ft. Bohemia Deep Money
2018 Good Life Deep Jandu ft. Bohemia Deep Jandu
2018 Gumrah Bohemia Bohemia
2018 Gaddi Bohemia ft. Pardhaan Sukh E
2018 Khatra Bohemia ft. Gitta Bains Prabh Near
2018 Malang Balsehri ft. Bohemia Prince Saggu
2018 Woofer Vicky ft. Bohemia Sukh-E Muzical Doctorz
2018 I Don't Wanna Say That Bohemia ft Gitta Bains & Gurlez Akhtar Prabh Near
2018 Sandesa (from SnBv2) Bohemia Bohemia
2018 Aaja Ni Aaja Bohemia DJ Shadow Dubai
2018 Mai Terra Akshay Babbal Rai ft. Bohemia B Praak
2018 UNITY Karan Aujla ft. Bohemia Deep Jandu
2018 Munde Mar Jaange Raghveer Boli ft. Bohemia Jay K
2018 Shoulder Jaggi Jagowal & Karam Jeet ft. Bohemia Laddi Gill
2018 OH KUDI Sab Bhanot & Bohemia Bohemia
2018 Jackpot Asif Ballaj & Bohemia Ali Mustafa

Coke Studio

  • School Di Kitaab
  • Paisay Da Nasha
  • Kandyaari Dhol Geet

MTV Spoken Word

  • Purana Wala
  • Jaane Jana

References

  1. ^ a b Mahmood, Rafay (2012-01-27). "Bohemia: More than just forties and shorties". The Express Tribune. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "TDIM - Bohemia's Birthday - 15th Oct". Mtv.in.com. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Bohemia (30 August 2012). "Bio". Thepunjabirapper.com. Retrieved 2014.[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ a b "Bohemia Bio | Bohemia Career". MTV. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ jfsocc (16 January 2009). "Chandni Chowk to China (2009)". IMDb. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ manojharisree (3 April 2009). "8 x 10 Tasveer (2009)". IMDb. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Sansaar [Breakaway 2011]". Bohemia The Punjabi Rapper. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Sony Music signs Punjabi rapper Bohemia". Daily News & Analysis. Dnaindia.com. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Sony Music signs singer Bohemia". Times of India. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Thousand Thoughts by Bohemia". iTunes. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "PTC Punjabi Music Awards winners". The Times of India. 25 March 2013.
  12. ^ "BOHEMIA, IRAJ, SEAN KINGSTON". BOHEMIA. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Main". BOHEMIA. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "?Skull & Bones by Bohemia". iTunes. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 2018.

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