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Roger David (born October 15, 1979), better known by his stage name Bohemia (Urdu/Punjabi: بوہیمیا) stylized BOHEMIA or Raja, is Pakistani American Bollywood Hollywood rapper, and record producer regarded as the first ever Punjabi rapper, releasing the first Punjabi rap album in 2002.[2] He is also known as the inventor and pioneer of Desi hip hop.[3]

Bohemia performing in Houston, Texas in 2009
Background information
Birth name Roger David
Also known as
  • Raja
  • King of Punjabi Rap
  • Creator of Desi Hip Hop
  • King of Desi Hip Hop
  • Punjabi rapstar
Born (1979-10-15) October 15, 1979 (age 38)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan[1]
Origin Oakland, California, United States
Musical career
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts
Bohemia performing live at Canada's Wonderland in 2014


Early lifeEdit

Bohemia was born on October 15, 1979 [4] in Karachi, Sindh into an ethnic Punjabi-Christian family. He has a Bible and Guru Granth Sahib at his home, as one of his forefathers was Sikh at one point. His father was an employee at Pakistan International Airline. The family travelled to Lahore, where he spent his childhood, followed by seven years in Peshawar. While he was in his early teens his family moved to the United States, settling in San Francisco's Mission District. He started learning music from his father, and writing Punjabi poetry around that time. He occasionally played keywords at local desi events. He wrote songs and poetry, mostly in Urdu and Punjabi. His mother died of cancer when he was 16 years. At the same time he was offered a lucrative job at a Sacramento based recording studio and he decided to follow his passion. He packed his bags and left his family behind to become a full-time musician. Along with a crew of other musicians, he was now spending his days on the road, playing gigs throughout the US and Canada, sleeping in cars and on recording studio floors. It would be through this experience that he would learn about stage presence. As the youngest member of the musical family, he came to consider them his older brothers, but as certain members became entangled in hard drugs, the crew fell apart. It was at this point that he, still a teenager, decided to go his separate way. Again, he packed his bags, this time to join his cousin in Oakland, CA. A city known for both its abundance of independent rap labels and it’s uncontrollable murder rate. Devastated by the loss of his friend and heavily influenced by his friends in Oakland, he began to lose focus on his music and indulge in heavy drugs, crime and women. He spent his days hanging in the streets and moving drugs across the 680 and 880 interstate. Now he released a new song in 2017.


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.Sha heard Bohemia reciting something he had written in Punjabi and 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..The following album, Pesa Nasha Pyar [Money, Intoxication, Love] [5] became the first full-length Punjabi rap album released by a major label. He subsequently signed a multi-record deal with music label Universal Music Group [2006 – 2009]. In 2006, Pesa Nasha Pyar was on the Top 10 downloads of Maxim, and No. 3 on Planet M chart India.[6].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.[7] Bohemia toured in 2009. performing in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

He performed the title track for Warner Bros film Chandni Chowk to China, appearing in the film with Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.[8] A few months later he did the title track for another Akshay Kumar film, 8 x 10 Tasveer.[9] In 2011, he gave a song as a present to Akshay Kumar for his first Hollywood production Breakaway.[10] Bohemia also featured in the track with Mika Singh on the film, Desi Boyz's track "Subha Hone Na De".

In May 2012, Sony Music India signed Bohemia. As part of the association, Sony Music managed his music albums, launches and shows under its artist management program.[11][12]

In September 2012 he released his fourth album Thousand Thoughts.[13] In 2013, it won Best Non-Resident Punjabi Album award at PTC Punjabi Music Awards.[14] 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.[15]

In 2015, Bohemia decided to launch his own music label Kali Denali Music.[16] Bohemia appeared in XXL magazine in New York.[7] In 2016, He was signed To T-Series.In February 2017, he released his fifth album Skull & Bones: The Final Chapter under T-Series.The album topped iTunes.

Awards and nominationsEdit

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



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


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

Film SoundtracksEdit

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 collaborationsEdit

Year Track Artist Music director/Album name
2003 All Around The World Bohemia ft. Aman Ali[disambiguation needed] Bohemia
2006 Do Dat Dance Bohemia Bohemia
2006 Favourite Spot Bohemia ft. Sin & Snoop Dogg Pesa Nasha Pyar
2006 Kurti Sir Punj ft. Bohemia Pesa Nasha Pyar
2006 Sahara K-Ji ft. Bohemia Pesa Nasha Pyar
2006 Mundiyan Ton Bachke Curta-C ft. Bohemia Pesa Nasha Pyar
2006 2 of the Best R.D.[disambiguation needed] ft. Bohemia Pesa Nasha Pyar
2006 Evury day Bohemia Bohemia
2007 Keep It G Bohemia ft. Kurupt Bohemia
2009 Ek Tera Pyar Bohemia ft. Devika Chawla Da Rap Star
2009 Dil Bohemia ft. Devika Chawla Da Rap Star
2009 Ishq Bohemia ft. Malkit Singh Da Rap Star
2009 Sahara Labh De Bohemia ft. J.Hind Da Rap Star
2009 Kala Doriya Bohemia ft. Dj Chintu Bohemia
2009 Cc2c (Hindi) Bohemia Chandni Chowk to China
2009 I Got the Picture Bohemia Ft. J.Hind 8 x 10 Tasveer
2009 Chalo Bohemia ft. IQ[disambiguation needed] 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[disambiguation needed] Bohemia
2011 Bandookaan Desi Beam ft. Bohemia Desi Beam
2011 Bulawa Bohemia ft. Pakman & D-Naar, Bohemia
2012 Sansaar Bohemia Bohemia
2012 Chadd Ditta Bohemia ft. Mixman Shawn Bohemia
2012 Maar Charapa Sir Punj ft. Bohemia Sir Punj & Rishi Rich (Unreleased Track)
2012 Beparwah Devika Chawla ft. Bohemia Bohemia
2012 Na Sun Jasmine Sandlas ft. Bohemia Bohemia
2012 Aja Ni Aja Baby Bash ft. Bohemia Bohemia
2012 IDGAF Haji Springer ft. Bohemia Bohemia
2012 Right Now 3AM Sukhi ft. Bohemia Bohemia
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, Janani[disambiguation needed] & Bohemia Iraj[disambiguation needed]
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 KS 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
2016 Gaddi Meri Bohemia ft. Pardhaan Haji Springer
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 Ali Mustafa and Sajjad Ali
2017 MTBK Bohemia & Lazarus ft. Deep Jandu & 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 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

Coke StudioEdit

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

MTV Spoken WordEdit

  • Purana Wala
  • Jaane Jana


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  2. ^ "BOHEMIA PUNJABI RAPPER". Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
  3. ^ todayheistheoneofthebestrapperintheworld
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  5. ^ "iTunes – Music – Pesa Nasha Pyar by Bohemia". iTunes. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Bohemia (30 August 2012). "Bio". Retrieved 25 July 2014. [unreliable source?]
  7. ^ a b "Bohemia Bio | Bohemia Career". MTV. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  8. ^ jfsocc (16 January 2009). "Chandni Chowk to China (2009)". IMDb. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  9. ^ manojharisree (3 April 2009). "8 x 10 Tasveer (2009)". IMDb. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sansaar [Breakaway 2011]". Bohemia The Punjabi Rapper. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sony Music signs Punjabi rapper Bohemia". Daily News & Analysis. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sony Music signs singer Bohemia". Times of India. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "iTunes – Music – Thousand Thoughts by Bohemia". iTunes. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "PTC Punjabi Music Awards winners". The Times of India. 25 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "BOHEMIA, IRAJ, SEAN KINGSTON". BOHEMIA. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Main". BOHEMIA. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

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