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In a rare appearance at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles, the “Disco King of Bollywood” Bappi Lahiri sat down with DJ Rekha for a public conversation and look back on a career that took him from Kolkata to American pop music, Hollywood and beyond.

In a composing career that has stretched over five decades, hundreds of films and thousands of songs, Bappi Lahiri has established himself as an unparalleled force in the world of Bollywood and beyond. The Bengali-born singer is regarded as the first artist to introduce disco to Indian cinema, a stylistic shift that had a seismic impact on the genre’s vibrant musical personality for years to come. A former playback singer before transitioning into composing “filmi music,” Lahiri maintains a theatrical presence that suits his artistic heritage, with an approach to his work and personal presentation that combines the best of Bollywood excess, disco flamboyance and hip-hop attitude.

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TOPICS:
6:41 – Beginnings as a composer
11:52 – Foreign influences
14:06 – Going solo
18:16 – Becoming Bappi Lahiri
32:28 – Being sampled
40:54 – Discovering disco

MUSIC:
6:30 – Kishore Kumar, Mohd. Rafi and Bappi Lahiri – “Nothing is Impossible”
26:00 – “Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja” montage
29:01 – Bappi Lahiri – “Shona”
29:56 – Bappi Lahiri – “Jhoom Jhoom Jhoom Baba”
32:01 – Lata Mangeshkar – “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai” + Truth Hurts – “Addictive”
36:30 – Bappi Lahiri’s Slum Stars – “We Love India”
40:09 – Bappi Lahiri – “Tamma Tamma Hai”

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