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|Birth name||Lakshmi Narasimha Vijaya Rajagopala Seshadri Sharma Rajesh Raman|
|Born||15 October 1975|
|Origin||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Occupation(s)||Producer, musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, lyricist, editor, actor|
|Years active||1991 – present|
Blaaze // (born Lakshmi Narasimha Vijaya Rajagopala Sheshadri Sharma Rajesh Raman on 15 October 1975 in Chennai, India) is a rap artist and a popular playback singer in Indian films. An Indian by birth, born in Chennai, he grew up in Zambia and later did his education in England and in the US. Currently signed to EMI / Virgin Music.
Life and career
Blaaze was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, later raised in Kitwe, Zambia, educated in England and graduated from Columbia College Hollywood, United States. His father being an architect, his family toured around the entire country with Blaaze starting to perform Breakdance on the sets his father designed, when he was 9. He then moved on to rapping and his music career began with a performance for President Chiluba of Zambia during the election campaign in October 1991 at the age of 16 and just 5 months later he produced and performed in Zambia's first ever music video Advice 4 Livin' with the Zambian national broadcasting corporation.
Ten years later, in 2002 his entry into the Indian film industry happened, when A. R. Rahman appointed Blaaze to sing his first song in Tamil cinema, the "Baba Rap" for Rajinikanth's movie Baba. Thereafter he performed for several Chennai film industry songs frequently under Rahman's direction on scores for Kangalal Kaidhu Sei, Boys, Enakku 20 Unakku 18, New, Aayutha Ezhuthu, Anbe Aaruyire and Hindi films like Saathiya, Yuva, Rang de Basanti and Swades. He also worked as a lyricist on Kisna, Tehzeeb and even on the Mandarin film Warriors of Heaven and Earth, which all had musical score by Rahman as well. Other music directors from the film industry also started using Blaaze's rap talent in their films like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for Bunty Aur Babli, Yuvan Shankar Raja for Manmadhan and Vallavan and the likes of Harris Jayaraj, Joshua Sridhar, Deva, Mani Sharma, Devi Sri Prasad inter alia for their films respectively. He has also done the rap lyrics for the title track of the famous Star One show Remix. He has appeared as himself in the music videos of several songs he has rapped for, including "Yennadi Muniyamma" (Vathiyar), "Taxi Taxi" (Sakkarakatti), "Vaanam Ellai" (Unnaipol Oruvan) and "Padapadakkudhu Maname" (Moondru Per Moondru Kadal).
His famous songs include "The Boss" and "Style" for Sivaji: The Boss, "Hey Salaa" for Aegan, "Gangsta Blues" for Slumdog Millionaire, "Hosanna" for Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and "Dilli-6" for Delhi-6. He also co-wrote the song "Dreams on Fire" from Slumdog Millionaire, as well as being the lyricist on Gangsta Blues, from Slumdog Millionaire. With guidance from A. R. Rahman, Blaaze wrote the official UN Anthem for Poverty, "Pray For Me Brother". His continued perseverance to rap about issue-oriented subjects earned him the nation's vote for MTV Youth Icon of the Year 2008.
He has recently rapped in Mohanlal's Malayalam movie, Casanova and is the lyricist for two songs on the Vince Vaughn motion picture Couples Retreat. "Sajna", co-written with A. R. Rahman, and, "NaNa", co-written with Vivian Chaix and A. R. Rahman. His band, ZambeZi funK, is ready with their debut album, funKalistiC syllaBleZ. His non-film work comprises issue oriented music, with messages being spread on the Gujarat Riots, Bilkis Bano, the religion issues in India, banning of corrupt police in the song "Ban The Crooked Police"... Inquilab, and "Stand Up Unite", for the Mumbai terror attacks. He has worked as a Music Director for Warner Bros film Saas, Bahu Aur ex, with the song on a new age India, called, "What's Up India". The film was directed by Shona Urvashi.
He has also worked as Music Director for the soundtrack of the film Striker. In September 2011, 'Time For Gandhi' – BlaaZe's debut album – India's first real hip hop 'Protest' album – released on EMI VIRGIN MUSIC.
He lives in Chennai with his family.
Chosen out of 8,000 probables, and voted as India's favourite, MTV Networks, announced its 8 winners of the Pepsi MTV Youth Icon Awards in 2008. BlaaZe won the votes for his contribution to socially relevant issues through his music, and his lyrics for the official UN anthem on poverty alleviation, Pray For Me, Brother, composed by A R Rahman.
"I'm not too black to be a Zambian/ I'm not too brown to be an Indian/ I gotta piece of each and every colour in my life/ and I pray I stay colourful till the day I die. Words of wisdom, words are true / Yo my mama taught me all of that and more too / sayin' what is to happen, it will happen / Dear son, don't look back, just keep on rappin' / and if it's all good and you're keepin' it true / this whole wide world will recognise you... Blazze it up the fire out from you.."
October 2014 LIVE in concert with AR Rahman Performer in concert with AR Rahman – Live in Chennai. Not Fading Away – Music Video Shot, edited and release of new music video – Not Fading Away – music and lyrics – BlaaZe
Aug 2014 Peruchaazhi – Malayalam Film Song – Mohanlal Two songs recorded for the Mohanlal film, Peruchaazhi – Directed by Arun Vaidyanathan. Music by Arrora.
Jan 2014 Aal – Tamil film title song.
Mar 2013 Folked Up – Paul J & BlaaZe A documentary shot and edited by BlaaZe on the emergence of traditional folk sounds from Madurai, infused with hip hop.
MTV Coke Studio 2013 - A R Rahman composed an Indian Independence Day tribute song 'Jagao Mere Des Ko' in 2013 featuring the poem "Chitto jetha bhayashunyo" (Where the mind is without fear), with Suchi and Blaaze, along with an ensemble from KM Music Conservatory.
February 2012 He dedicated the Chipolopolo rap song to The Zambian Football team
January 2012 He dedicated remix version of KOLAVERI DI rap song to Dhanush and team on behalf of the great success of the song WHY THIS KOLAVERI DI
September 2011 Time For Gandhi – BlaaZe's debut album – India's first real hip hop 'Protest' album – released on EMI VIRGIN MUSIC
June 2011 Michael Bolton – lyricist for the song Sajna, sung by Michael Bolton, composed by A R Rahman, from the album, Gems
May 2011 Star Music Vijay Awards – Best Male Singer – Hosanna
Received the award for the Best Male Singer 2010, along with singer Vijay Prakash, for the song, Hosanna, by A R Rahman.
April 2011 Dheem Tharikita – Composed and sung the theme song for the Chennai Super Kings IPL Cricket season 2011, along with Paul Jacob
March 2011 Jai Ho Live – In Concert – NIT calicut
June 2010 Rapping 2.0 in Enthiran movie
Jan 2010 BAFTA Theatre – London
He performed live at the BAFTA Theatre London, UK, for the music launch of Tamil movie Vinnai Thandi Varuvaaya.
Parramatta Park – Sydney Music Festival – Australia
He performed live at Parramatta Park Sydney as part of the Sydney Music Festival along with AR Rahman, Hariharan, Sivamani and other stars. Performed the songs from Couples Retreat and Slumdog Millionaire.
Dec 2009 Jai Ho Live – In Concert – Kolkata Performed live in concert as part of the Jai Ho tour by AR Rahman, in Kolkatta.
Nov 2009 Casanovva The film title Song
Recorded a song for the Malayalam movie, CASANOVVA. Music By Gopi Sundar.
Deal Or No Deal – Sun TV
Appeared on the Tamil version of the hit show, Deal or no deal special celebrity episode.
Nov 2009 Music Director – Striker the film
Co-wrote and Composed the music along with Paul Jacob for the film Striker, for a song called Aim Lagaa.
Jai Ho Live – In Concert – Hyderabad
Performed live in concert as part of the Jai Ho tour by AR Rahman, in Hyderabad.
Oct 2009 Blue – the film – AR Rahman
Recorded the song for the movie, Blue. Music by AR Rahman.
Jai Ho Live – in concert – Chennai, India
Performed live in concert along with AR Rahman and others.
Sept 2009 Shruti Hassan – Unnai Pol Oruvan
Lyricist / Rapper and performance in the music video for the theme song from Kamal Hassan's movie, Unnai Pol Oruvan, along with music director Shruti Hassan.
Aug 2009 Devi Sri Prasad – Adhurs
Performed a small rap for the movie Adhurs.
Aug 2009 Jai Hind TV Calicut Concert
Solo Performance – live at the Jai Hind Concert with songs on issues like H1N1 and Inquilab.
Sultan – Rajinikanth – Usher – AR Rahman
Lyricist for the title song in Rajinikanth's Sultan. Music by AR Rahman. Produced by Ocher Studios.
July 2009 Couples Retreat – Vince Vaughn – AR Rahman
Singer and lyricist for two songs on Vince Vaughn's film, Couples Retreat. Wrote the songs, Sajna and NaNa, along with AR Rahman. Released on Relativity Music.
June 2009 Sakkarakatti – Telugu dub
Recorded the Telugu version of the song, Taxi Taxi, from the movie Sakkarakatti. Music by AR Rahman.
Live – in concert – Pune – India
Performed live in Pune along with AR Rahman.
May 2009 Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya – Gautham Menon
Recorded the song, Hosanna, for the movie Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya. Directed by Gautham Menon. Music by AR Rahman.
Live – in concert – Calicut, India
Performed live in concert in calicut, along with Ar Rahman and a host of stars.
Feb 2009 Delhi – 6
Recorded the title song for the movie, delhi 6, directed by Rakeysh Mehra, music by AR Rahman.
Jan 2008 Inquilab – BlaaZe & Prince Ali
Recorded and co-wrote the theme song, Inquilab, for the Mumbai Terror Attacks victims. Composed by Prince Ali. Video shot by MTV.
Dec 2008 MTV YOUTH ICON 2008 WINNER
Chosen out of 8000 probables, and voted as India's favourite rapper, MTV Networks, announced its 8 winners of the Pepsi MTV Youth Icon Awards in 2008. BlaaZe won the votes for his contribution to socially relevant issues through his music
Dec 2008 Aashirvad Ad – Rajiv Menon
Singer on the ad for Aashirvad. Directed by Rajiv Menon. Composed by Srinivas.
Nov 2008 Slumdog Millionaire
Lyricist and singer on Gangsta Blues from Slumdog Millionaire. Co-lyricist on, Dreams on Fire, from the same movie.
Maruti A – Star launch
Composer, lyricist and performance at the launch of Maruti A Star Car in Delhi, India.
Oct 2008 ESPN Cricket Anthem
Performed on the official ESPN Cricket Anthem, composed by AR Rahman.
Sept 2008 Global One Music
Lyricist and rapper on a song produced by Rob Hoffman and Charlie Dilks of Globalonemusic.com. A collaboration of 25 artists from across the world on One Unique Song. Representing India along with Sonu Niigam.
Aug 2008 Nokia Connections – AR Rahman
Rapper and lyricist on the song 'Kural' from the nokia exclusive album Connections, by A R Rahman. Boys – the movie (Hindi) Recorded the Hindi version of the hit songs, Dating, and Secret of Success, from the film, Boys.
June 2008 TV Jingle
Rapper in a TV Jingle composed by Timothy Madhukar.
May 2008 Live – in concert
Performed in Dubai and Chennai. Along with A R Rahman and a host of other Indian stars.
Performed at the STAR Vijay TV Awards, along with scratchmaster Kave.
April 2008 Live – in concert
Performed in Jaipur, India. Along with A R Rahman and a host of other Indian stars.
Yuvvraaj – Subhash Ghai
Recorded two songs and co-wrote the lyrics for the film. Music by AR Rahman.
Mar 2008 Hyderabad Airport Song
Co Lyricist for Hyderabad Airport Song, music by AR Rahman.
Feb 2008 Star Vijay TV – Jodi No.1 – Music Director
Composed and rapped for Star TV show, Jodi No. 1.
Live – in concert Chennai
Performed live in concert with AR Rahman and a host of stars.
Sultan trailer – Ocher Films
Recorded for the trailer of Rajinikanth's Sultan. Music by AR Rahman.
Jan 2008 Reliance Ad
Recorded a song for the ad, chasing Butterflies, for Reliance. Music by Timothy Madhukar.
Filmfare Awards Live in concert
Performed at the filmfare awards Mumbai, India, along with AR Rahman.
Dec 2007 Live – in concert – Delhi, India
Performed Live in concert in Delhi, along with AR Rahman.
Vidyasagar – Mere Baap Pehle Aap
Recorded a song for the movie, Mere Baap Pehle Aap. Music by Vidyasagar.
Nov 2007 Music Director – Warner Bros – Saas Bahu Aur Sensex
Composed and co-wrote the song, What's Up India, for the Warner Bros Film, Saas Bahu Aur Sensex, directed by Shona Urvashi.
Oct 2007 Star Vijay Gameshow Title Song
Wrote and rapped for Star Vijay's TV show, Thirandhidu Sesame.
Sept 2007 McCann Agency – Prasoon Joshi
Ad for Prasoon Joshi. McCann Agency India.
July 2007 Live – in concert USA
Performed in concert at venues in USA along with AR Rahman and a host of stars.
May 2007 Yash Raj films -Jhoom Barabar Jhoom – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Rapper on song, Jhoom, from the movie Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, produced by Yash Raj films.
Sivaji – Background Score
Recorded a background theme for the Rajinikanth film, Sivaji, music composed by AR Rahman.
April 2007 Worldspace A R Radio Ad -Rahman
Recorded the rap in the worldspace ad for A R Rahman.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom – Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy
Recorded the rap in a song for the title track from the movie, Jhoom Barabhar Jhoom.
Mar 2007 Sivaji – Rajinikanth – A R Rahman
Recorded the song The Boss in Tamil and Telugu for the movie Sivaji. Music by AR Rahman.
Recorded the theme rap for the TV show, Anbudan. Music by Sathish.
Recorded the rap in a song from the film Mithya. Music by Sagar Desai.
Feb 2007 Radio One (Chennai)
Recorded the jingle for the theme song for Radio One 94.3 fm
Dec 2006 Mani Rathnam – Guru
Background score rap for the movie Guru. Music by AR Rahman
Oct 2006 Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Recorded a song called Pappu Can't dance, for Abbas Tyrewalla's film, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. Music by AR Rahman. Recorded a song for Varalaaru – Godfather. Recorded a song for the background score of Sillunu Oru Kadhal.
Sept 2006 Vallavan – the film
Background score rap for the movie, Vallavan. Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Munna – the film
Recorded a rap bit in the Telugu film song, Munna.Music by Harris Jayaraj.
S J Surya / Deva
Recorded the rap bit in the title song, Vyabari.
Aug 2006 Oram Po – Auto
Recorded the title song for the movie, Oram Po, music by GV Prakash.
July 2006 Game – the movie (Telugu)
Recorded three more rap bits in the songs for the movie Game (Hyderabad Mast Mega City, Chinamma and bgm rap ). Music by Joshua Shridhar.
July 2006 Vaathiyar – Music Video
Recorded and featured in the song, Yennadi Muniamma, for the movie Vaathiyar, along with actor Arjun. Music by D Immam.
June 2006 Madurai Veeran / Game
Recorded the songs for the movies, Game in Telugu, and Madurai Veeran (yadhava ) in Tamil. Music by Joshua Shridhar.
May 2006 Chennai Kadhal – the film
Recorded the song, Enjoy, for the movie Chennai Kadhal. Music by Joshua Shridhar.
March 2006 Vallavan – the film
Recorded the song, Loose Penne, for the movie Vallavan. Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Feb 2006 Commonwealth Theme Song
Recorded the rap on the Indian Commonwealth theme song. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
Dec 2005 Warif Telecom
Recorded the rap for Pakistans leading telecom company. Warid. Music by Khalif. Recorded in Mumbai.
A R Rahman
Recorded the idea for the film song, Style, for the movie, Sivaji.
Reliance – Bada Game
Recorded the ad for Reliance, Bada game. Music by Amartya.
Recorded the raps for two songs on Shaan's new album. Music by Ranjit Barot.
Sept 2005 Asha Bhosle
Recorded the Mumbai Theme song along with Asha Bhosle. For release outside India. Music by Shamir Tandon.
Sept 2005 TVS Apache Ad
Recorded the song for the launch of TVS Apache bikes in India, in five different languages. Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and English.
July 2005 A R Rahman Tsunami Concert
Performance at Karaikal, South India in association with 'Save The Children' and NDTV.
July 2005 Filmfare Awards – South
Performance at the 52nd Filmfare Awards with a special presentation of BnB and Baba Rap.
April 2005 Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Yashraj Films)
Bunty Aur Babli – B n B
Rapper & Lyricist for the song B n B from the Yashraj Films production of Bunty aur Babli. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and directed by Shaad Ali Sehgal. Music video as well featuring Amitabh Bhachan as Uncle B. Host on MTV Making of the video with Amitabh Bhachan for the same song.
A R Rahman / Rakeysh Mehra – Rang De Basanti
Lyricist and Rapper for the song, The Rebel, for the movie Rang de Basanti directed by Rakeysh Mehra and music by A R Rahman.
Diet Coke Ad
Singer / Rapper on ad for Diet Coke. Recorded in Mumbai.
Jan 2005 Kisna – Subhash Ghai
Lyricist for the song, My wish comes true, from the movie Kisna. Music by AR Rahman.
Oct. 2004 A R Rahman – Swades
Performed the Dhaba Rap on the bgm of the movie Swades, directed by Oscar Nominee, Ashutosh Gowariker and music by A R Rahman.
Karkka Kasadara – Tamil film
Recorded a duet with Mahalaxmi, for music director Steven, for the movie Karkka Kasadara, directed by R V Udaykumar. Due for release in Jan. 2005.
99.9 fm – (Hindi film)
Composed and Performed in the video for the title song of the film 99.9fm, directed by Sanjay Bhatia.
Oct. 2004 SS MUSIC – Rap Workshop
Conducted a Rap Workshop for contestants of a nationwide voice hunt for SS Music channel and also chose the final upcoming stars as a judge for the final show along with personalities from the film and music industry.
Sept 2004 Coco Lee
Co-lyricist and Rapper on a song called, No Doubt, in collaboration with multi-platinum recording artist Coco Lee, based in Hong Kong, for her first single from the album Exposed. Appearance in the video as well. Releasing on Sony Music in March 2005.
Sept 2004 Star TV – Theme Song
Music by Pritam. Theme song for new Series on Star TV called RemiX and also voice of the channel id STAR ONE – apni tuning jamegi.
99.9 fm – The Movie
Directed by Sanjay Bhatia. ZambeZi FunK compose four Radio Jingles for the movie. Theme Title Song composed and performed by BlaaZe
August 2004 Aap Jaisa Koi (remix by DJ Aqeel)
Rapper on the song, Get the Look, along with Vaishali Sawant, composed by DJ Aqeel. Rap appearance in video directed by Ananth Surapur.
July 2004 Nickolodeon – ZambeZi FunK
Theme song for NICKOLODEON composed and performed by ZambeZi FunK
MTV Promo Theme – ZambeZi FunK.
Aisa Bhi Waisa Bhi – theme song composed and performed by ZambeZi FunK
June 2004 ZambeZi FunK
The group, ZambeZi FunK is formed along with musician and composer, Sagar Desai. Together, work begins on THE ALBUM.
American Blend – the movie
Lyricist and Rapper for a movie set for release in Feb. 2005. A jugalbandhi of Kathak vs Rap. Music by Abu Malik.
April 2004 Yuvan Shankar Raja – Manmadhan
Lyricist and Rapper on the title song from the movie, Manmadhan.
March 2004 Shaan – The Video
Rapper on the video, Mujhe Naa Kehna Nahi Aatha, in collaboration with Shaan, for the second single of the new album Aksar. To be released on Virgin Records. Video directed by Vikram Aditya.
Madhur Bhandarkar – Page 3
Lyricist and Rapper on a song from the movie, Page 3, directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, composed by Shamir Tandon.
Feb 2004 Ken Ghosh
Lyricist and Rapper on a song from the movie, Fidaa, directed by Ken Ghosh.
Jan 2004 Yuva – Mani Rathnam
Recorded the Rap song Dol Dol, for the movies Yuva and Ayudhu Ezhuthu directed by Mani Rathnam and composed by A R Rahman.
A R Rahman – S J Surya
Lyricist and Rapper on the title song of the Tamil movie, NEW, directed by SJ Surya and composed by A R Rahman.
A R Rahman's Unity of Light World Tour – 2nd schedule
Performance in Dubai. Continuation of the tour.
Dec 2003 Official Countdown – Singapore
Featured in the Top 100 songs in Singapore's official countdown with 3 Top 20 songs. DATING ( BlaaZe and Vasundara Das), from the movie Boys at 20. KAMA KAMA ( BlaaZe and Kunal ) from the movie E20 U18 at number 5. SECRET OF SUCCESS ( Lucky Ali, BlaaZe and Vasundara Das ), from the movie Boys at number 3. All songs composed by A R Rahman. A R Rahman's Unity of Light World Tour – 2nd schedule Continued the second leg of the tour performing in Malaysia to a crowd of 30, 000. Performed the new songs from the Movie BOYS as well as my Solo Raps. Featured live on Malaysia's Radio Raaga fm.
Nov 2003 Shaan
Recorded as the Lyricist and Rapper on a collaboration for the new album by Indian pop sensation, Shaan. To be released on Virgin Records.
Oct 2003 Tehzeeb – A R Rahman / Khalid Mohammed
Lyricist for the song I Wanna Be Free, for the movie Tehzeeb, directed by Khalid Mohammed and composed by A R Rahman. Sung by Anupama and Mathangi.
Sept 2003 Kisna – A R Rahman / Subhash Ghai
Lyricist for the song Save Me, for the new movie, Kisna, directed by Subhash Ghai and composed by A R Rahman. Sung by Sunitha Sarathy.
Aug 2003 Dynamic Fusion – Delhi
Performed at the dynamic fusion concert in Delhi alongside Talat Aziz, Louis Banks, Shaan, Rakesh Chaurasia and others with a blend of hip hop to ghazal and Hindi pop. Covered by Sony Entertainment Television, to be broadcast as a series of concerts later.
July 2003 A R Rahman – Warriors of Heaven and Earth
Lyricist for the song, Warriors in Peace from the Chinese movie, Warriors of Heaven and Earth, music composed by A R Rahman and song sung by Jolin and Sunitha Sarathy.
June 2003 BOYS – (Acting) Directed by Shankar
Performed as the MTV VJ BlaaZe' in a cameo role in the Tamil movie BOYS, directed by Shankar and produced by AM Ratnam. BOYS – (Movie – Voice dubbing) Voice dubbing for a character called Tarun in Tamil.
May 2003 A R Rahman
Lyricist and Rapper for the song. 'Secret of Success,' from the movie BOYS, directed by Shankar and composed by A R Rahman. Also re-recorded the song DATING from the movie BOYS in Telugu.
Jan – April 2003 A R Rahman's Unity of Light World Tour
Hip hoppin all across the globe – India-USA-Canada-Dubai – along with 88 musicians and other artistes. Performing raps on O Humdum and Chori Pe Chori from Saathiya, onstage live jam session with Sivamani and rappin on Ooh La La, the Baba Rap and rappin on Humma Humma.
March 2003 Save the Children Charity Concert-Gateway of India
Performed at the Gateway of India along with Sivamani on percussions and Niladri on sitar, in aid of 'Save The Children.' Photo article carried in Times of India.
March 2003 A R Rahman
Lyricist and Rapper on the song 'Ding-a-Ling'in the movie, E20 U18, for A R Rahman, produced by A M Ratnam. Lyricist for a song in the movie 'NEW', composed by A R Rahman and directed by Surya. Rapping for Star Movies promo on NRI films – made in India.
Jan 2003 Kedho Tumhe – DJ Aqeel
Recorded the rap on DJ Aqeel's first single along with the original voice of Kishore Kumar…video to be released in April on Universal Music
Dec. 2002 AR Rahman
Recorded the rap in a song for the Tamil movie, Kangalal Kaithu Sei, directed by Bharathiraja.
Recorded the rap version of Jon Jaani Janardhan composed by DJ Khalif. To be released in May '03 on Sony Music.
Oct. 2002 Jamz – Singapore
Performed alongside Singaporean rappers Triple Noise, in a freestyle rumble at Jamz in Singapore. THE RECORD carries feature article on BlaaZe', from the start to current projects with ARR.
July 2002 A R Rahman projects
Lyricist and Rapper on the theme rap song for the Rajinikanth starrer feature film BABA, composed by A R Rahman. Lyricist and Rapper on a duet with Vasundara Das for the Tamil feature film BOYS, directed by Shankar and composed by A R Rahman. Recorded the rap in the movie SAATHIYA, directed by Shaad Ali.
March 2002 MTV MEGAMIX – Mikanos and Enigma
Performed at the launch of Mikanos-10,000 square feet (930 m2) of dance floor. Also performed at the launch of Enigma – at the J W Marriott. The new clubs in Mumbai, India. Featured on MTV Megamix.
Nov. 2001 BBC – Ghetto Fabulous
Recorded the first two singles from the new album, composed by Neil Banks, and documented by the BBC for the hip hop world show, Ghetto Fabulous.
Performed a hip hop version of Bob Dylan's Subtarranean Homesick Blues at the tribute concert to Bob Dylan, along with India's finest musicians. Arranged by Jazz Legend, Louis Banks.
Opening artist for India's largest selling Indipop recording artist, Lucky Ali. The concert was held at JVPD in Mumbai, India.
Featured on both consecutive albums, 36 FOOT STOMPERS, volumes two and three, by DJ Khalif, released on TIPS MUSIC.
Voice – Over for MTV STYLE CHECK Promo. Directed by Adarsh Gupta, Mumbai – India.
Voice – Over for uthplanet.com. Composed by Ram Sampath, Mumbai – India.
Featured as the Rapper on the album 36 FOOT STOMPERS, volume one, by DJ Khalif and released on TIPS MUSIC.
Composed the music for MIRAMAX FILMS Television show, entitled, "Kids Passport to the World," directed by David F.Price.
Appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Zambia Sunday Mail newspaper carries article following the progress of Blaaze since moving to America. Article entitled, Blaaze Fights On...
Performance on Hip-Hop Vibes show recorded and broadcast in California.
Featured and performed on the Rap video Ooh La La. Directed by Ken Ghosh. Music by A R Rahman. Mixed by Salim Merchant.
Opening Artist for the C & C Music Factory Concert held at Madh Islands.
DJ'd on Radio Midday, as a special feature presentation on the legacy of 2Pac.
Opening Artist for the SHAGGY concert held at Rang Bhavan, Bombay, India.
Performed at the Special F X launch held by Wizcraft.
Performed for the TV show, Ek Minute, on Zee TV- India.
Recorded with Anu Malik for the movie, Baadhal.
Featured on Tabun's Masala Mix album.
Featured on Punjabi album- La Bella
Performed for the soundtrack for the TV show, Top of the Tops.
Recorded the song, East Or West, with Anu Malik, for the movie Judwaa.
Featured on the soundtrack for the Femina Miss India 1996 pageant.
Opening Artist for Sasha ( UK ).
Exclusive New Year's performance on Zee TV- India.
DJ'd on Radio Midday for the Mellow Hour show during the Winter season.
Released from Virgo Music Label.
Show held at the Razz club in Bombay with extensive media and press coverage.
Interview on Goodmorning Bombay- India, with Shenaz Dinshaw.
Performance at the Cinderella niteclub, Kitwe- Zambia.
Performance for the Indian High Commissioner to Zambia at the Pamodzi Hotel, followed by a show at the Independence Day celebrations concert in Lusaka- Zambia. Charity performance at the Nkana Mines Red Cross Fund Raiser held in Kitwe, Zambia.
Promotional Dream Queen tour in Zimbabwe.
Chart entry as a future hit prediction on Zimbabwe's Radio Three.
Concert held at Mpelembe Secondary School, Kitwe- Zambia.
Press release of the album, Dream Queen, by Virgo Music Ltd.
Interview on Doordarshan TV India- UK.
Interview on ZNBC TV – Zambia.
Produced and performed on Zambia's first ever music video, Advice 4 Livin', with the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation.
Performed for President Chiluba of Zambia during the election campaign. Song entitled, We Wish You Well.
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