Biography

He is the first of a kind. Rap is usually sung in English, even if the song is in Hindi, Punjabi or English itself. But Bohemia raps in Punjabi. No one’s done that before, and no follower — if any — has been noticed.

Bohemia’s real name — he does not hide it — is Roger David. What’s a Christian doing singing Punjabi rap? “I am from Punjab, where my great-grandfather converted from Sikhism to Christianity for some reason,” says Bohemia simply. “However in my house, the Granth Sahib and the Bible were both there, though I was raised as a Christian. As for me, I believe in God, but I am not religious.”

The term “Bohemia” suggests flouting traditional mores. And rap is all about personal angst or feelings. So what is Bohemia the man all about? “Well, I lost my mom when I was just 14 or 15, and I was quite a momma’s boy. That made me mad and I was kind of pushed into negative things. I have to thank God for music, for that’s what finally made me wake up and gave a reason to live. Dad played the harmonium and I learnt the keyboard.”

He goes on, “When we shifted to the U.S., I lived a strange life. I was virtually living at the Milan Recording Studios in Sacramento and sleeping there or in cars. Harjeet Mehndi, Daler Mehndi’s brother, and I would go perform at occasions like birthdays and marriages, where I would play a bit of keyboards. I also worked with Jazzy B and others. I was friends with Suresh Margoli, a tabla player, and when he passed away at a young age and was replaced by another tabla player just as easily as if he was a broken instrument, I was mad again. I told the studio engineer that I was through with being a keyboard player who could go into anonymity if he died tomorrow. I wanted to do something where I would stand out!”

Bohemia’s first album was “Vich Pardesan De” in 2002, which was about coming to a foreign land. Hip-hop was then limited to the underground, and he pioneered Punjabi rap. Then came “Pesa Nasha Pyar” (Money, Intoxication, Love) in 2006 in India, the first-ever full-length desi rap album to be released worldwide on a major music label (Universal).

Bohemia says that his emotions are first-hand and are about what has happened either to him or people very close to him. “My emotions tend to be on the edge of the extreme,” says Bohemia. “Like a high when I am feeling good about myself, or when I am very bitter, like when a person of color in America is forced to even take off his socks while being frisked or is continually bothered by cops. I have never written my rap from sheer imagination or from fairytale land.”

“Da Rap Star,” his new album, also has some regular songs, as Bohemia realizes that rap usually is just a part of a song. He is also vastly proud of India’s musical heritage, and is a great fan of Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar and Jagjit Singh in particular. “That’s the real gold to be treasured. It’s our heritage and I listen a lot to them,” he says.

“Da Rap Star,” he says, “is all me, without any samples used other than my tribute track to Malkit Singh. I am showing off how good a producer I am! I have used a lot of bass, beats and keyboards and I have even done the sequencing. My associate J. Hind has added the desi hip-hop. There are tracks that describe my journey. To sum up, it’s me saying, ‘I’m me! Look, I’m still here!’”

Pioneers like Malkit Singh and Rabbi Shergill are unhappy about the current Punjabi pop scenario. What is his take? “I am optimistic,” he replies. “Being proper or right is a vast statement. When a U.K.-born Sikh comes out with a bhangra-pop album, what is important to me is not that the Punjabi accent is not correct but that a U.K.-raised guy is actually singing in Punjabi.”

He describes his collaboration with Akshay Kumar in “Chandni Chowk to China” and “8×10 Tasveer” as a “fantasy-come-true.” “Dad loves Akshay Kumar for the edgy stuff that he does and when he was once watching his film he asked me, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if Akshay called you to do a song?’ I agreed, but asked him why it would happen? And it was bizarre that six weeks later Pooja Batra called up and stated that Akshay wanted to be in touch with me!”

The superstar invited Bohemia to the Torino Film Festival to the premiere of “Singh is Kinng” and they walked the red carpet together. “He told me that he always worked out to my music and we hopped into his limo and he told me that he needed a song for his film and gave me a brief. That same night, I started making a beat for ‘Chandni Chowk To China.’ Some months later, he called up from Cape Town and got me to hear the synopsis of ‘8×10 Tasveer.’ We are working again in ‘De Dhana Dhan.’”

And what’s with the angry-yet-sad kind of look on his new inlay cover? Laughs the rapper, “Ha! That’s the music company’s choice! I had chosen another picture but they insisted on this one! You will have to pull them up for it!”

(Reference – http://laddiweb.blogspot.com/2009/05/bohemia-punjabi-rapper-biography.html)

79 Responses to Biography

  1. abhibahri says:

    me bohemia da bhaut vada fan ha ……… me ohda har ik album suni hai …….. te me jado to bohemia de gane sun ne shuru kte ne me hindi ganesn ne chad te

    • You can download , listen all 3 albums of bohemia on this blog …:D…

      • www.tjndr@gmail.com says:

        each of your song is awesome man!!!!!!!!
        none of your song can be said to be having flaw!!
        u rock!!
        will really like to help you in lyrics!!!!!!
        do contact !!!!!!!!
        -tj

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      • shaizada says:

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        O hazzar khalote hun mere nl….
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  2. AaSHISH says:

    BOHEMIA KOI GANA GYM UTTE bana bai

    APPA DOVE /DUNIYA NU KHOVVE
    TERE PULDA NI GEET,MERE DIL DE UMMED
    DIL WICH LAGDI SI AAG/ MEIN VANDEE MARE PHATAFET

    HUN CHEETI AA JA YAAR ,MEIN BANYA GUNAGAAR,
    MEENU eTHU CHUODA ,PARDES LE KE AA
    UTTE PEE KE PUNG KARAGE TAANG GORE DI devage MAA DA LUND.
    BOHE MIA ZINADABAD

  3. MUDDIT says:

    M BIG FAN OF BOHEMIA …I LISEN ALL ALBUM OF BOHEMIA.I LIKE BOTH THE ALBUM OF BOHEMIA…. NICE RAP’S DUDE????

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  31. james says:

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  32. Qaiser Aziz says:

    Bohemia you are the best rapper ever ……

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  34. tj says:

    kya bande saare saare gane 1 number ke hai ek bhi gaane ko bol nai sakte k koi flaw hai mai khud b likta hu aur bajata hu aur event organise karta hu agar ho sake to ek reply jarur dena !!!!!!!!
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  35. www.tjndr@gmail.com says:

    kya bande kya gaane hai!!
    ek ek gaana master piece hai!!
    me khud likhta hu (personally) kabhi chaho to contact karna kisi b chiz ka liye!!!!!
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  36. www.tjndr@gmail.com says:

    each of your song is awesome man!!!!!!!!
    none of your song can be said to be having flaw!!
    u rock!!
    will really like to help you in lyrics!!!!!!
    do contact !!!!!!!!
    -tj

  37. Beniwal _sam says:

    Kuch khne ke liye nhi.bs ek sapna h. milne ka .ap se. diskography

  38. Beniwal _sam says:

    Apke song full fad h.ek sapna h ap se milne ka.bohemia apka jwab nhi*

  39. Beniwal _sam says:

    Khne ko toh main ap ko impress juth bol ke kr late but jb sapna pura hoga tog pta lge la.diskography.*

  40. Bhoemia muje aap ke sbi songs pasand ha

  41. Adam says:

    I must say the Mr.Roger David’s biography suggests,1.(I am from Punjab),2.(When we shifted to the U.S)……I may ask two questions and give the answers to these.
    QUESTIONS>1 Which place or chak do you belong to in Punjab?
    >2 From where did you shift to the U.S
    ANSWERS>1 Raja does not belong to Punjab he lived in drigh road,fans ask him.I know your sisters,knew your Dad and even your grandfather
    >2 You shifted from drigh road..
    Another thing Mr.Roger David why don’t you have concerts in Pakistan because all the people know you.
    Regards,
    Adam Arnold.

  42. Armaan Ali says:

    Bohemia plz c0ntcet me yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrr
    For GOD sake plz contct me i need u Really plz
    +923036726442
    plz any0ne c0ntct me i need frndz reall frndz me Armaan 4rm vehari,punjab,pakistan who same to Bohemia Plz c0ntct me

  43. rajeev says:

    hai bohemia bhai i am very small fan kouki app ke dunia deewane hai mera no kha hoga u r fablous please kabi reply karna bhai jann

  44. rajeev says:

    bohemia i live in small town in j and k state in udhampur bhai i am very sad please help me my cont no is 09596898481 baki bhat me app ko ph pay batoga bhai me kam pada leha ho galti ke laya maff karna please kabhi jab be app ko time lagaa t o ke barr please call karna sazad app ke karan mare problem solve ho jai

  45. Rawat says:

    bohemia maine 4-5 song likh rakhe h par vo meri life pe h meri age 16 h par mujhe pta nhi me apne song kaise relige kru or na hi mere paas paise h agar aapk paas mere liye kuch idea h to btana or mujhe aapka rap (dil) ki 1 line bahot pasand h jado chaddi tu te bhang mera saath de

  46. Rawat says:

    my no. 09034318494
    2:-9253085314
    ye papa ka no h
    (meri reqest ye h k) mere saath 1 ladki ne galat kiya h or meri garibi ki bahot bashti ki use me batana chahta hu k me garib hu koi nai par mera dil garib nahi h or use me 1 din ye shabit jarur kar dunga k me bhi ab kuch hu.ab mujhe sab ki jarurat h 1 din sabko meri jarurat hagi

  47. shaffy rapp blaster says:

    i like u very much bohemia ,, my life jst like u,, par akhiri dam tak main manu ga nai harr,,,, hahahahah

  48. danish handa says:

    cha gya janab

  49. Dollar says:

    kaim banda aa………………….

  50. Ali Shah says:

    boss when will u come back..we dont wanna listen honey singh anymore..

  51. Ali Shah says:

    MAIN TUHADA SAB TON WADDA FAN AAN.. NO MATTER BAKI V HOWAN GE. PAKISTAN DE LOKKI BARRI CHAHAT RAKH DE NE TUHADE LAAI.. IK WARRI FAIR ANA..MY# 0923213220392

  52. Er.BADSHAH MAFIYA says:

    ONE LOVE……..BOHEMIA
    U R D BEST RAPPER OF D WORLD
    U R D FATHER OF OL ODER RAPPERZZZZZ
    I LOVE U………
    U R MYYYY GODFATHER……….
    I AM UR VERY BIG FAN BRODA………………………
    WANNA MEET U……………… CALL ME PLZZZZZZZZZZ………….+919796004747 OR +917814584391,,,,,,,,,,
    BADSHAH NU GEET TERE YAAD JIVEN SCHOOL DI KITAAB……….
    ONE LOVE BOHEMIA…………..

  53. mukul says:

    i love u bohemia,
    i m a greate fan of u,
    i do every thing for u.

  54. preet says:

    I M BIG FAN RD PAISA NASHA PYAR

  55. Mariyam jivani says:

    Hey I know this is strange I donna if I am at the right place but I really need to know more about Roger David … Its really important
    My love just admires him like anything
    And I wanted to give him a surprise by finding out where does Bohemia reside in California I live in California too
    Plz can someone help me

  56. Bhoemia tere warga na koi is desh na ayega na aana asi sunne si tusi love di bdi respct krde hai so mai b bdi respct krda hai love di im big fan of u menu thoade rap bde change lagte hai

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  58. Rajsingh says:

    hii…bohimia i am Rajsingh i am big fun of u….its my no… 08271035933 i wanna meet u plz…call me plz…

  59. jagjeet says:

    i am your very big fan but 3-4 year baad m b tuhadi line wich aaunga honey singh ne ta sirf sahrukh nal gaya h te m tera chota veer JAGGA tere naal gauga bai. @loki mere piche m tera diwana@

  60. jagjeet says:

    contact no.8561918222
    india. rajasthan. hanumangarh.

  61. suraj says:

    ur oll song r osm…….
    nd m ur big fan……
    420 mieeee fav song

  62. kamal says:

    Hi bohemia u r rock nd very sexy ..honey singh bahut wada fukra va .u r the sky and he is front of u insect.

    Bohemia will u marry me plzzzzzzzzz

  63. Ritik Dutt says:

    I STARTED LISTENIN YOU WHEN I WAS IN 6TH STANDARD’I HAD BOUGHT A MUSIC PLAYER FROM ONE OF MY FRIENDS AND IT HAD YOUR RAP;S AND ALL THAT’.FIRSTLY WHEN YOUR MUSIC TOUCHED MY EARS’IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I HAD NEVER HEARD BEFORE’I REMEMBER THE FIRST TRACK I HEARD OF YOURS WAS SADE WARGA FROM THE ALBUM PESA NASHA PYAR AND WHAT INFLUENCED ME THE MOST WAS YOUR LYRICAL CONTENT’.THEN I STARTED EXPLORING MORE OF YOUR WORKS,FINDING WHAT THIS BOHEMIA IS ALL BOUT’WENT TO THE PAST YOUR FIRST ALBUM I SAY IS MY 2ND FAVORITE AFTER THOUSAND THOUGHTS IN WHICH YOU DESCRIBE THE LIFE,THE FEELINS OF OF A DESI TEEN’AND SONGS LIKE LELA’BEPARWAH AND DESI PUT JAVAAN IN WHICH YOU PUBLICIZE YOUR WORK IN A AWESOME LYRICAL WAY.MY FAVORITE LYRIC OF YOURS IS “TU SOCHDA KUCH HOR FIR BOLDA KUCH HOR ‘N’ BACHE NI KOI BACHNE DE RASTE CHUPA FIRA GUZARA JIVE MAE NASHE DE AASRE’.
    AFTER LISTENIN YOU I THOUGHT WHY DOM’T I RAP AND HERE’S SOME I GOT OUT OF MY CONFUSED THOUGHTS’ I RAP IN ENGLISH AND PUNJABI’DONT KNOW THE LANGUAGE PROPERLY BU STILL’

    -NASHE DI TARAH PAISE DI AAS/
    KHON DE JAISE IS NASHE DI PYAS’
    SOCHU FIR LIKHU FIR BOLU APNE UNSULJHE BOL
    PAS HOTE BHI PAAS NA AAYE YEH PATANG KI DOR’
    [BARS]
    GALIYON KI SADAK ME/
    MUNDE CHALED AKAD ME/
    DIN KE SHOR ME’/;
    RAT KE MAZE ME/
    ZINDAGI MERI BHANG DE NASHE ME.

    ENGLISH’
    -AS EVERYDAY BEGINS/BLOOD RUSHES IN MY VEINS/AS I WAKE UP FROM YESTERDAY’S PAIN/I KNOW THE GAME/I KNOW IT ISN GONNA CHANGE/PEOPLE CHANGE BU THE RULES OF THE GAME NEVER CHANGE.

    IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU REPLY ME RAJE’
    THANKS AND LONG LIVE,@
    RITIK4’2’O

  64. shahraz qureshi says:

    bohemia is very cool
    mare ekkko khawaish ha ke ma sirf bohemia nu takka bohemia punjabi rap star.
    Bohemia varga ga nhi koi

  65. Adil Rajput says:

    Burrrrrrrraaaaaaa I have no words for bohemia

  66. bohemia sir i love u
    .
    sir mai ek song likheya tuhanu milna chahunda mai te tuhadi help di lod aa mainu
    .
    .

  67. my name is Rahul.
    .
    .
    bohemia sir i,m u r big fan
    sir mai v life ch kush karna wa
    je tusi mera thoda jeha sath do
    ta shayad mai v kal nu kush ban
    sakda
    bohemia sir mai ek 2 song likhe aa
    te unha nu gayuna chahunda but
    sir mainu tuhadi thodi help chahidi a
    .
    .
    sir tuhade naal lagi kineya di nokri plz sir
    meri kismat v tuhi badal sakde ho.
    .
    .
    my contec no.9876645114…
    .
    .
    sir meri inhi okat ta ni ki tuhade samne kush bol saka
    ..
    .
    bass ek requst aa meri.
    .
    .
    .
    tuhada mamuli jeha fan “RAHUL,

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