Popular Desi-rappers headed to Dubai for a concert
“It’s All About Rap” brings Gullygang rappers DIVINE and RAFTAAR together for an ultimate show
Hip-hop is the voice of new India and the most popular genre of music amongst the young Indians today. Celebrating the spirit of this hard-hitting form of music, “It’s All About Rap” brings to Dubai two of India’s leading and award –winning rappers DIVINE and RAFTARR for an ultimate show on Friday, 20th September 2019 at Za’abeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre.
Event is scheduled to begin at 9 pm, limited early bird tickets are available on https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/76383/its-all-about-rap at AED 92.50 for General Admission and AED 183.20 for Fan Pit.
Divine become a phenomenon and a window into the reality that is contemporary India through his music while rapper Raftaar is known for his Punjabi songs and Bollywood numbers alike.
The real-life Gully Boy, DIVINE was the inspiration for Ranveer Singh’s role in Zoya Akhtar’s blockbuster movie with the same name. He is India’s premier hip-hop star from the streets of Mumbai whose raw and brutally honest Hindi rap draws inspiration from his own life while his song “Mere Gully Mein” saw the emergence of real hip-hop in India. As the vanguard of Indiaʼs Underground Music scene, his ability to seamlessly fuse street Hindi rap and slang with International Hip-Hop Beats makes his live shows power-packed.
Born as Dilin Nair in Trivandrum Kerala, RAFTAAR, the Rapper, singer, lyricist and producer has been creating waves in the Indian music scene since 2013. His speciality is real desi hip-hop. The man behind Bollywood super hit chartbusters Tamanchey pe disco from Bullett Raja and Whistle Baja from Heropanti, shot to popularity with ‘Swag Mera Desi’.
“In the recent times, this genre of music has truly gained popularity amongst masses; also the success of Gully Boy has contributed a lot to it, making this the music we all can connect to. “It’s All About Rap” will be our first installment of the series of events we plan to bring over next few months, bringing popular artists for the lovers of hip-hop”, said Ashwin Sancheti, Managing Partner, Spotlight Entertainment, the organizers of the event.
It’s a VIU Desi event, managed and organized by Spotlight Entertainment Dubai. For sponsorships, table bookings and enquiries, call 055 3626267.
Divine also known as Vivian Fernandes or Vivian Divine is an Indian professional Desi Hip Hop Rapper from Andheri, Mumbai, India. He is a rapper from Mumbai street and began to rap from his school life. He came to public attention with his track, Yeh Mera Bombay in 2013, which went on to win ‘Best Video’ at Rolling Stone Awards in 2014. But it was the track, Mere Gully Mein (2015), which catapulted him into public consciousness, leading to him being represented by Sony Music (India). The year 2016, which proved to be DIVINE’s breakthrough year, started off on a bang as he released Jungli Sher, an autobiographical song.
Continuing his list of firsts, Jungli Sher was the first Indian single that Apple Music released worldwide. Jungli Sher was also India’s first music video shot on an iPhone, and has racked up over four million views till date.That was followed by a win at GIMA where his collaboration with Nucleya, Jungle Raja (Bass Rani, 2015), won an award in April 2016.
Soon after, DIVINE reached new fans and new heights when he became the first Indian artist to be featured on BBC 1 Xtra’s ‘FIRE IN THE BOOTH’ in 2016. DIVINE also performed at the BBC Asian Network Live at Apollo. His 2017 single, Farak topped the Indipop charts on iTunes India, and was also featured on the radio show, Beats1 and played out in over 100 countries.
Even Bollywood couldn’t resist DIVINE’s hip-hop charms, and he made his Bollywood debut with Paintra in Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkebaaz (2017), collaborating with good friend Nucleya again.
Bollywood director Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy also saw DIVINE in action on five tracks, including co-writing a song, ‘Doori, with the legendary lyricist Javed Akhtar.
In addition to being one of the music industry’s most bankable stars, DIVINE has also added entrepreneur to his bag of feats.
He recently launched Gully Gang Entertainment, a multi-purpose entity that will serve as a record label, Gully Gang Records, unearth and manage new and exciting hip-hop talent, create live music IPs in addition to other things.
Dilin Nair, better known by his stage name Raftaar is an Indian rapper, music composer and television personality. He has written lyrics for many popular songs including Tamanche Pe Disco from Bullet Raza, Whistle Baja and Puppy Song from Heropanti, Flying Jatt Title track amongst others while also composing music for Andhadun title track, Mantoiyat from Manto and many more.
He was formerly a member of the urban music group Mafia Mundeer, formed by Yo Yo Honey Singh. After leaving the group, he signed to perform on three records of the Punjabi band RDB. In 2013, he released his debut mixtape WTF Mixtape. After the split of RDB, he started working with Manj Music of RDB and also started his solo career.
The first RDB released songs were Gal Mitro, We Doin It Big, and BBM in 2012. The rise of Raftaar started to begin in that very year Manj Musik also added Deep Money, then they both worked to produce more music in 2012. The songs which were released by Raftaar ft Deep money is Bottle, Sugar, Tere Pichechhe, and Manju under the album name — WTF — Witness The Future.
He won the Best Urban Song Of The Year award for Swag Mera Desi at the Brit Asia Awards in 2014. His latest single is Main Wahi Hoon (The School Song) featuring KARMA.