The disco king of Bollywood, Bappi Lahiri, has completed 50 glorious years in the industry. That's a rare feat by any standard. The 66-year-old music director, who has composed more than 9000 songs in over 600 films, has now collaborated with global pop stars Akon and Lady Gaga. Bappi Lahiri, confirmed the news from Los Angeles to Mumbai Mirror, saying, “Yes, two duets, with her (Lady Gaga) singing in English and me in Hindi in my inimitable style. We are now waiting for the release to be green lit, hopefully by the year end. I also collaborated with Akon two months ago. That song should also be out soon.” When asked to give more details, he replied, “Abhi itna hi.”
But hey, it's not yet over. Bappi has also collaborated with tech-house genius Jamie Jones and DJ duo The Martinez Brother for a new mash-up. Talking about it, Bappi said, “It features a remix of my superhit song from Disco Dancer, 'Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy'. The British-Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A., used the same song in her 2007 album, Kala, and a year later, it was also there in the climax scene of the Adam Sandler-film, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan.”
The composer feels it's surreal that even after so many years, the track is still fresh in everyone's mind. “The song took a long time to record because I introduced disco beats in Indian antara to come up with an innovative sound. I also experimented with a new singer, Parvati Khan. But see, almost four decades later, people around the world are still playing it as a rare tribute to an Indian composer. I’m overwhelmed and feel proud to be accorded this honor.” So, are you excited for these forthcoming potential chartbusters? Tweet us @bollywood_life
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