Rapper Bohemia to perform 

PREPARATIONS are underway to host a major concert by a well-known desi artist next weekend.

Club Area 51, located in Riviera Hotel, Juffair, in association with High Life Bahrain presents Bohemia live-in concert with Jasmine Sandlas, featuring DJ Andy on January 31 from 9pm onwards.

Bohemia, born Roger David, is an ethnic Punjabi and was born in Karachi, Pakistan.

He migrated to the Bay Area, California, US, when he was 14-years-old and about a year later became a local musician and started working as a keyboard player/music arranger, while living at local studios with other musicians.

After a few years, he left to pursue music on his own and started putting his poetry to the music he composed - giving birth to a new genre.

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.

Paisa Nasha Pyar (Money, Intoxication, Love) was released in 2006 in India and was the first ever full length desi rap album to be released worldwide on a major music label (Universal Music Group).

Through his experiences come raw raps depicting not just California street life, but a life many South Asians lead in America.

After having burnt up music charts with his Bollywood songs, Bohemia's highly awaited album Da Rap Star, written and produced entirely by Bohemia, hit number one on the Planet M Chart, India, and is nominated as the Best Punjabi Album at the UK Asian Music Awards.

Bohemia also appears in the film Chandni Chowk to China for the title track along with stars Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.

Meanwhile, Jasmine Sandlas is a singer, songwriter and entertainer based out of California.

With a blend of elegant Punjabi lyrics and urban Californian swagger, Jasmine plans to revive Punjabi music - one song at a time.

By 10, Jasmine was performing at national-level singing competitions in India. Her life changed in 2001 when her family moved to California as she found herself at the hub of the music world.

As an independent artist, she wanted to inject desi music scene with her fresh and young sound.

Jasmine Sandlas is set to launch her first single Mang Ke from her upcoming solo album. The music is produced by Bohemia and written by Lalie Gill, who also wrote Muskan for Jasmine and the video is by Hollywood video director, The razor, known for his work with Chris Brown.

Hailing from Bahrain, Andy is an international DJ who is making his way to the top.

He is proud to be the first DJ to bring the Bollywood remix trend to Bahrain. He is also renowned as an official DJ for Forster Art of Chilling and his electrifying music. Andy started off his career as a professional DJ in 2001 in Bombay and is best known for his minimal tech, party breaks, Hindi, commercial remixes and electro.

Both Bohemia and Jasmine Sandlas will perform their latest album songs, Thousand Thoughts and Gulabi, respectively.

Pre-sale tickets are priced at BD12 for couples, BD3 for women, BD8 for men and BD15 for VIP. On-the-door tickets are priced at BD15 for couples, BD5 for women, BD12 for men and BD20 for VIP. Call 34386037, 36428123 or 33862210 for tickets and more information.

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