Global foot forward

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Jun 2018 10:57:17


By Kishori Sud


C ELEBRATED music director Bappi Lahiri, who last collaborated with American rapper Snoop Dogg in 2015 for the track Patiala peg, says he is working on another international project. “Something really new and unique is coming up which the world will come to know about. Just to give you a hint, some international stuff is coming up,” Bappi, who was feted by London’s World Book of Records for his contribution to global music in May for his 1982 song Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy aaja told IANS in an interview.

Without giving out any name of the new collaborator, the Tamma tamma loge hitmaker shared that he wishes to collaborate with legendary singer Elton John. Bappi had dubbed in Hindi for John for the 2017 American film Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which was directed by Matthew Vaughn. The Indian talent had also voiced the character of Tamatoa in the Hindi-dubbed version of Disney’s animated fantasy adventure film Moana in 2016.

The artiste, who is lovingly called the ‘Golden Man’ for flaunting flashy gold chains, had also composed and sung Shona (Gold) -- the Hindi version of the hit song Shiny from Moana.

Music tours have kept Bappi busy. His latest gig, titled Yaad Aa Raha Hai Tera Pyar, took place in Mumbai recently. Having performed at so many shows, does he see a shift or change in the kind of a u d i e n c e over the years? “ M y fans have a l w a y s b e e n there for me and supported me throughout my concerts worldwide. I am an artiste and artistes never lose fans.The responses have been always the same. I love my fans and they love me more.

I have been in the industry for the past 45 years and have fans of all age groups,” said the musician, who popularised the use of synthesised disco music in Indian cinema in the 1970s.

Many of his songs have been recreated. Some of the successful ones include Tamma tamma again, Zubi zubi and Raat baaki. Asked about the trend, he said, “Old is still gold.” On the music scenario today, Bappi, who is the man behind hit tracks like Super dancer, Pyar chahiye and Yaar bina chain kahan re, said, “It’s a digital world and a change is always good. Still, you see everyone is running behind old hit songs and recreating them.” He is now looking forward to three upcoming films - Do Pal Pyaar Ke, Disco Dancing Star and a yet untitled feature film, based on the life of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for which the singer has given music to as well and also lent his voice to the songs. Do Pal Pyar Ke is an out and out family entertainer consisting of five songs with music composed by Bappi, who has even lent his voice to one of the songs in the film.