By Mudassir Raja
Indian rapper Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, better known as Badshah, is all set to rock Doha with his first live performance on the night of October 13 at Marriot Doha Hotel where thousands of people are expected to enjoy the music.
This was shared by Jassim Mohammad, chief executive officer Red Apple Events & Media, and by Atul Kumar Singh, director business development of Prime Wealth Creators, in a joint press conference.
Sharing details of the event, Jassim told the media that they would have capacity for about 4,000 people to attend the concert. A total of 1,200 seats will also be placed for VIPs. He added that the seats for the VIPs will as high as the stage.
“October 13 is going to be an illuminated and music night at the Marriot, where (fans)will rock with Badshah. The atmosphere right now is not as alive as it used to be due to political reasons and the music performance will bring some enjoyment and life to the city,” Jassim said.
He added, “Badshah has earlier performed in other Gulf countries but not in Qatar. He is very excited and looking forward to enthralling the expatriate communities in Doha. We also expect a great and cheering gathering for the concert.”
“Our primary target audience are the expatriates from South Asian countries, as Badshah sings in Hindi, Punjabi, and in Haryanvi languages. However, our past experiences have revealed that expatriates from the Philippines, Lebanon, Egypt and other countries also attend such concerts in good numbers,” Jassim said in response to a question.
Later, a press release issued by the organisers as one of the top performers from India. “He started his career in 2006 alongside Yo Yo Honey Singh in his group Mafia Mundeer and gained spontaneous popularity among youth. He split from Honey Singh in 2012 and gained fame with his independent Haryanvi song Kar Gayi Chul, which was later adopted into Bollywood movie. His music has been featured in Bollywood soundtracks for films such as Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Sonam Kapoor-starrer Khoobsurat,” said the press release.
The press note added, “His debut single DJ Walay Babu, featuring Aasth Gill, was ranked number one on Indian iTunes Charts within 24 hours of the release. The song also crossed a million views on YouTube within 30 hours. In 2016, he collaborated with Navy Inder on Wakhra swag which won the 2016 Punjabi Music Awards for best duo/group and most popular song of the year award.”
Badshah will be accompanied by Aastha Gillwho, who was part of the iTunes chartbuster DJ waley baby, and Gurinder Rai, the new Punjabi singing protégé. Up and coming Pakistani singer Tahir Naeem will be opening for Baddhah with an exclusive unplugged session. DJ Mitesh, Badshah’s official DJ will also be on the hot seat to ensure Dohaites are on a mega musical trip, according to the press release.
Nijas Abdull, an Indian expatriate living in Qatar for six years, said he was excited. He told Community, “I am from South. I do not understand Punjabi but I can understand and appreciate music in Hindi. I have heard Badshah’s songs and I am very excited to watch his live performance.”
He added that live performances were a rarity in Doha and that one cannot afford to miss such kind of rare events in the busy life of Doha.
Rashid Rao, a Pakistani expatriate living in Qatar for nine years, said, “I have heard about the event and I think I will go. I will talk to my friends and go to attend the concert in a group.”
He added, “I am from Punjab in Pakistan. I love Punjabi music. Badshah is also a Punjabi from the other side. I have heard his popular songs on YouTube. That is one of many benefits of living in Qatar that I will be able to attend live performance of an Indian singer. The music will add some colour to our ever-busy and monotonous routine.”
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