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Shakira tops, but desi girl rules

City DJs play house and hip hop, but it’s still Bollywood that tops their playlists...

music Updated: Jun 21, 2010 15:44 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder
Jayeeta Mazumder
Hindustan Times

Shakira’s Waka waka has established itself as an anthem among club goers, at least until the end of the football world cup. Every club in the city worth its share of football fans seems to be playing it, and you’ll find people singing along — even if only the first two words — or even shaking a leg to it. But whatever happened to grooving to out-of-season songs such as Hips don’t lie , Rigga ding dong song and Turn me on ?

DJs at some of the city’s popular clubs seem to be getting weary of songs that the crowd just can’t get enough of. DJ Aqueel, who plays at Hype, Worli says, “I get annoyed by this song called ‘Bounce billo’.” He agrees that Waka waka is the flavour of the season but feels “it’s nothing great.” His current favourite is Liya liya from his latest album, Forever. “I know what Mumbai wants to listen to. And at Hype, I know exactly what the crowd expects. We don’t play Bollywood because Mumbaikars don’t want Bollywood music. They mostly like house, hip hop and perhaps a little bit of Hindi,” he says.

Most loved genre
However, DJ Val of Hawaiian Shack, Bandra hails Bollywood as the most loved genre of music among club hoppers. “It’s something they know well and can always groove to. Sure, hip hop and retro have their dedicated audiences. But on a Saturday night, when I play Bollywood, there’s an entirely different vibe to the crowd. In spite of the higher entry charge, there are more people on the floor. I even get requests from expatriates for songs such as Desi girl and Prem ki naiyya.” Val loves his Bollywood tunes and is done with hackneyed tracks such as Hips don’t lie by Shakira and The way I are by Timbaland. He, too, votes for Waka waka , as the song of the season besides Akon’s Nosy neighbour and Sean Kingston’s and Justin Beiber’s Eenie meenie .

DJ Pradeep of Rockbottom finds I’m in Miami b***h by LMFAO really monotonous, but loves playing Nervioso by Hellacopters. To keep his playlist fresh, he throws in new tracks every now and then. DJ Willy of Bling, Andheri plays a lot of Bollywood but topping his current playlist is That’s my name by Edward Maya featuring Akcent. He, too, ups the Bollywood quotient on weekends.

First Published: Jun 21, 2010 12:42 IST