June 21 every year is being celebrated as World Music Day or Fete de la Musique, which had its origins in France. The first World Music Day was celebrated on Summer Solstice in France in 1982. The then French Minister of Culture, Jack Lange, started Fete de la Musique in Paris and later became popular among other countries.
When music and talent flew, cutting across all the physical boundaries, a group of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) singers, including Vidya Vox, Shirley Setia and Raja Kumari, have become close to the hearts of many Indians. On this world music day, let us meet some of the most talented NRI singers.
Vidya Vox is known for bringing together influences of her Indian-American heritage to create refreshingly unique and contemporary music, seamlessly fusing together the intricacies of Indian music with elements of electronic and hip-hop for an undeniably catchy sound.
Originally known as Vidya Iyer, Vidya Vox was born in Chennai, but her family immigrated to the United States. Since launching her YouTube Channel in 2015 with mashups of Western pop hits and music from her native India, Vidya has amassed over 900 million views and over 7 million subscribers, changing the course of her life in ways she never thought possible.
Raja Kumari is a Grammy-nominated American-Indian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born and raised in California, she has worked with many international sensations like Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Fall Out Boy, Gwen Stefani, Knife Party, Sean Garrett, etc.
Shirley Setia is one such singer who has become a sensation entering Bollywood as an actor. Shirley hails from Auckland, New Zealand, but was born in Daman.
Shirley started her career as a YouTuber making cover versions of popular songs. She also made her acting debut with the film ‘Maska’ released on Netflix on March 27 2020. Shirley will be making her Bollywood debut with Nikamma this year.