Bohemia (musician)

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Background information
Birth name Roger David
Also known as Bohemia, Punjabi Rap Da Badshah, Raja
Born (1979-10-15) 15 October 1979 (age 34)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan[1]
Origin California, United States
Genres Rap
Years active 2002–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, T-Series, Speed Records.
Associated acts Snoop Dogg, Baby Bash, Akshay Kumar, Nitin Zira Mika Singh, Tigerstyle, Pritam, Bally Sagoo, Malkit Singh, Gippy Grewal, Amrinder Gill, Rishi Rich, Taz, Devika Chawla, Rohail Hyatt, Coke Studio (Pakistan), Gitta Bains, Haji Springer, 3AM.

Roger David, (born 15 October 1979),[2] known by his stage names Bohemia or Raja, is a Pakistani American rapper and music producer from California. He sings in Punjabi and describes himself as "The Punjabi Rapper" and "the pioneer of punjabi rap" and the "creator of punjabi rap".[3] He has released three studio albums and an independent album. His songs include "Vich Pardesan De", "Kali Denali" and "Sahara".

Early life[edit]

David was born on 15 October 1979 in Karachi[3] into a Punjabi Christian family. When he was about 14 years old, he moved to California with his family. He started learning music from his father at a very young age and writing Punjabi poetry around that time.[1] His mother died of cancer[3] when he was 14 years old.

He achieved success as a keyboard player and music arranger while living at local studios with other musicians and collaborating with local singers in California[citation needed].

Bohemia claims to be inspired by the poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Mirza Ghalib and Allama Iqbal. He says, "People like Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mirza Ghalib are our icons and most of my poetry is inspired by them. For instance, in one of my songs, I talk about ‘going beyond the stars’, the idea of which is essentially taken from Allama Iqbal’s ‘Sitaron Se Aagay Jahan Aur Bhi Hain’."[1]


In 2002, Bohemia released his first independent album, Vich Pardesan De (In The Foreign Land).

In 2006, he released another album, Pesa Nasha Pyar, which became the first full-length Punjabi-rap album released by a major record label. It brought Bohemia increased popularity, including a multi-record deal with Universal Music Group Pvt. Ltd. India.

In 2006, Pesa Nasha Pyar reached #2 on Maxim India magazine’s top 10 downloads, and #3 on the Planet M chart.[3]

In December 2011, his third album, Da Rap Star, received four nominations at the UK Asian music awards and PTC Punjabi music awards, including Best Punjabi Album and Best Music Director. Da Rap Star remained at #1 on the Planet M chart in India for several weeks.[4]

He released the album Hazar Gallan (Thousand Thoughts) in 2012. In 2013, it won Best Non-Resident Punjabi Album award at PTC Punjabi Music Awards.[5]

Bohemia was invited to be a part of the fifth season of Pakistan's Coke Studio sessions.

Film music[edit]

In 2009, he wrote the title track for the Warner Bros. Bollywood Hindi feature film Chandni Chowk to China, directed by Nikhil Advani, in which he appeared with Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.[6]

Association with major labels[edit]

Bohemia toured in 2009 performing in Europe, Asia and America. He has appeared on many of Universal India’s mega-compilations including three tracks on The Chart Busters. Universal called this compilation "The biggest hits in Punjabi on one massive album!"[7]

In May 2012, Sony Music Entertainment signed Bohemia. As part of the association, Sony Music will take care of Bohemia's music albums, launches and shows under its artist management program.[8][9]

Other accolades[edit]

Bohemia appeared in XXL magazine in New York.[4]



  • 2002: Vich Pardesan De (In the foreign lands)
  • 2006: Pesa Nasha Pyar - (No. 1 on Planet M Chart Pakistan UK Punjab)[3]
  • 2009: Da Rap Star UMG India - (No1 on Planet M Chart India Punjab America)[citation needed]
  • 2012: Thousand Thoughts (Hazaar Gallan) Sony Music India - (Best selling album by[citation needed] Awarded Best Non Residents Punjabi Album at PTC Punjabi Music Awards, 2013)[5]
  • 2013: ROOH
  • 2014: Brand New Swag
  • 2014: Preet
  • 2014: u&me

Vich Pardesan De[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   00:18
2. "Vich Pardesan De (In the Foreign Land)"   02:22
3. "Bohemia"   03:04
4. "Another Level"   04:12
5. "Mr. Langshaft"   00:56
6. "Ride With Me (Tez Zindagi)"   04:26
7. "Spanish Lick"   00:23
8. "Jack Daniels"   00:30
9. "Sajna De Bina (Without Love)"   03:20
10. "Sada Ki Kasoor (It's Not My Fault)"   04:00
11. "The Message"   00:31
12. "Mele Chi Majaal (Nobody Could Step To Us)"   04:23
13. "Aakhri Manzil (Final Destination)"   03:46
14. "Din Raat Aish (Mi Vida)"   04:49
Total length:

Pesa Nasha Pyar[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   00:59
2. "Desi"   03:59
3. "Do That Dance"   02:57
4. "Gangsta Shit"   02:49
5. "Veera"   01:13
6. "For Rilly Though"   01:17
7. "Favourite Spot feat. Snoop Dogg"   03:55
8. "Kurti feat. Sir-Punj"   04:01
9. "Sahara feat. K-ji"   04:31
10. "Mundeyan Toh Bachke"   03:57
11. "Kali Denali"   03:21
12. "Welcome To the Outfit"   00:27
13. "2 of the Best feat. RD"   05:25
14. "Chordo"   06:10
15. "Bhul Ja"   04:05
16. "Nachiye"   03:53
17. "Remind Me"   04:14
18. "The Message"   00:42
19. "Sade Varga"   04:12
Total length:

Da Rap Star[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Guess Who s Back (Intro)"   01:49
2. "Ek Tera Pyar feat. Devika"   04:36
3. "Diwana"   04:57
4. "Eitbaar (Trust Me)"   03:57
5. "Gunagaar (Sinner)"   04:19
6. "Punjabi Rap Star"   03:30
7. "Charso Bees (420)"   04:23
8. "Ishq feat. Malkit Singh"   03:23
9. "Dil feat. Devika"   04:56
10. "Desi Munde"   02:51
11. "Sahara Labh De"   03:57
12. "Bumpin My Song"   04:27
13. "Punjabi Rap Star (Extended Mix)"   04:29
14. "Dil Acapella feat. Devika"   04:56
15. "Ek Tera Pyar feat. Devika (Love Groove Mix)"   04:43
Total length:

Coke Studio Pakistan - Season 5[edit]

Thousand Thoughts[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Koi Ni (Intro)"   00:54
2. "Beparwah feat. Devika"   04:07
3. "Faqeer"   03:29
4. "Lela"   03:02
5. "Na Suno feat. Jasmine Sandlas"   03:25
6. "Desi Putt Jawaan"   03:47
7. "Aja Ni Aja feat. Baby Bash"   03:17
8. "IDGAF feat. Haji Springer"   02:39
9. "Hazaar Gallan"   04:29
10. "Right Now feat. 3 A M"   03:40
11. "Future"   03:29
Total length:

Rooh The Soul[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Rooh(Soul)"   00:04:33
Total length:

Brand New Swag[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Brand New Swag"   00:03:01
Total length:


  • "Bulawa" - Bohemia, D-Naar, Pakman, Synister1
  • "Kala Doriya" - Bohemia, Dj Chintu
  • "Everyday" - Bohemia
  • "Sher E Punjab" - Bohemia, Mika Singh
  • "Dunali" - Bohemia, Mika Singh
  • "Adhi Rati" - Bohemia, Jasmine Sandlas
  • "Holi Holi Nach" - Bohemia, Stereo Nation
  • "Paigam" - Bohemia
  • "Keep It G" - Bohemia, Kurrupt
  • "Bandookaan" - Bohemia, Desi Beam
  • "Talli" - Bohemia, Gitta Bains and Tigerstyle
  • "Bad Boy" - Bohemia, D Major-NS and Tigerstyle
  • "Sansaar" - Bohemia
  • "Sh Sh Sh! Sharabi" - Bohemia, Gippy Grewal
  • "What Have I Learned" - Bohemia, Jennifer F
  • "ROOH" - Bohemia
  • "Yaad Anah" - Bohemia
  • "Brand New Swag" - Bohemia, Haji Springer and Panda
  • "PREET" - Bohemia, Haji Springer and Pree Mayall


  1. ^ a b c Mahmood, Rafay. "Bohemia: More than just forties and shorties". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "TDIM - Bohemia's Birthday - 15th Oct". 15 October 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Bohemia (30 August 2012). "Bio". Retrieved 25 July 2014. [unreliable source?]
  4. ^ a b "Bohemia Bio | Bohemia Career". MTV. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "PTC Punjabi Music Awards winners". The Times Of India. 25 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bohemia". Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Universal Music India". Retrieved 14 October 2012. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Sony Music signs Punjabi rapper Bohemia". Daily News & Analysis. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sony Music signs singer Bohemia". Times of India. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 

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