Pakistani Christian Hero Bohemia (Roger David)

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Roger David popularly known as Bohemia the Punjabi rapper was born on 15th October 1979 in Karachi. His family is an ethnic Punjabi Christian family and his father worked in PIA. Due to his father’s job, his family moved to Lahore and then spent 7 years in Peshawar, before moving to settle in the United States.

Roger David

Losing his mother at a very young age compelled David towards negative thinking. His interest in music came to the rescue and he started learning music from his father. He also started writing Urdu poetry at the same time.

After meeting Daler Mehndi’s brother at Milan Recording studios, he started playing keyboard at local weddings and birthday parties in USA. Bohemia soon visited Canada where he showed his talent to a music producer who asked him to rap over one of his songs. Over the next few years Roger David came up with the lyrics of his album ‘Vich Pardesan De.’ Taking inspiration from Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mirza Ghalib, David came up with an autobiographical account of his life in the US in his debut album.

He was on the BBC Radio Top 10 chart for his music in 2002 and as his career developed he worked with famous celebrirties like Akshay Kumar, Sunjay Dutt and singers like Rabbi Shergill and Malkit Singh.

Bohemia is equally popular back home and he performed his songs ‘Paise da Nasha’ and ‘School di Kitab’ at the famous Coke Studio Season 5. Roger David has been nominated for the UK Asian Music Awards and PTC Punjabi Music Awards. Not only in Bollywood, has he also proved his mettle in Hollywood by working in collaboration with Sean Kingston and contributed soundtracks for movies like Breakaway. His album ‘Thousand Thoughts’ won the best International Music Album in PTC Punjabi Awards in 2013.