"Mujhe iss ka gham nahin, ke badal jaaye zamaana
Meri zindagi hai tumse, kahin tum badal na jaanaa"
Keeping the legacy of legendary singer Mohammed Rafi alive in USA is Javid Raza, originally from Hyderabad, India. Javid hails from a very elite family of Hyderabad, India.His father, Mr. Hashmath Raza was the Chief/State Architect of Andhra Pradesh, India. His father's uncle was the Governor of Maharashtra, India.
What are your Objectives?
My first and foremost objective is to spread the wonderful vintage music of retro Hindi film music, specially amongst the young generation who have never been introduced to the vast treasure that the legendary artistes like Rafi Sahab and his contemporaries have given us. Apart from above, I would like to create a niche for myself as a singer and towards achieving this objective, I have now developed my own style and am ready to take on singing assignments for Bollywood films, serials, albums, geets, ghazals, stage shows and concerts around the world.
About Javid Raza
Javid had a devout inclination to singing/music from childhood. His inborn talent for singing is a God's Gift. He was given the title of a "child prodigy" by his Gurus in music. He received formal training in music by Ustad Tasadduq Hussain Sahab. His favorite raagas are "Raag Yemen" and "Raag Darbari". A few of his favorite numbers are "Zindagi Bhar Nahi Bhoolegi Wo Barsaat Ki Raat" (Raag Yemen) and "O Duniya Ke Rakhwale" (Raag Darbari). His Ustaad always recommended him to join the Hindustani College of Music for theoretical training in music, but his parents wanted him to become a doctor as he excelled in academics especially Science. His schooling was done from the prestigious Hyderabad Public School formerly known as the "Jagirdar College".
During his college years, he worked part time at AIR - All India Radio Station, Hyderabad for almost a year, where he met famous maestros, musicians, singers and other artists from all over India.
He was offered a job of a version singer by a head hunter to work with the musical maestros Laxmikant-Pyarelal Ji. He declined that offer as he was in his final year of his Masters degree. Later, he moved to Dubai. And then came an offer from the famous Music Director, Ravi Sahab in his talent hunt for a new voice. Unfortunately, Javid was unable to take this opportunity due to his newly acquired job restrictions.
Javid was always an ardent fan of the "Great Legend - Rafi Sahab". Now, Javid resides in Darien, Connecticut, U.S.A.. He works for a reputable European Airline and has a full time job. He performs on the week ends. He juggles his time between work and music, which is his all time most revered hobby.
Music has always been a solace for him. He has traveled all over U.S.A., Canada, Europe, Panama, Caribbean Islands, South America, Middle East, Pakistan and India and given numerous shows with famous Bollywood and Pakistani artists. He has been bestowed with several trophies and awards as the "Voice of Mohammed Rafi". But Javid is a very down to earth person who feels that "QUDRAT KO SIRF AIK HI RAFI DARKAAR HAI' and nobody can equal legends like Rafi Sahab.
Like all professionals need to learn constantly to update themselves, Javid strongly believes in ongoing learning in the field of music He says, "Bin Guru Gyaan Kahan Se Paoon, Dee Jo Daan, Hari Gunn Gaoon". He has a natural talent of writing poetry, which he probably inherited from his uncle who is a renowned Shaayar "Akbar Hyderabadi" currently residing in London.
Javid has three CDs to his credit. The first one is titled "TADAP", the second one is "IBTEDA" and the third one is "Memorable Songs of Rafi". He gave playback for the movie "Bandhak", which was produced in USA. He sang a religious couplet/shlok for a Television Documentary, "Diya Jyothi" He sang for a TV serial "Mausam", which was telecast on "Zee TV".
These are his redeeming qualities - humble, modest, soft spoken, polite and extremely kind hearted, which coincidentally are identical to his role model, Rafi Sahab. He is very content with what God has bestowed him with.
Though his forte is Rafi Sahab's songs, Javid is an extremely versatile singer. He sings Ghazals, Bhajans, new and old melodies, pop numbers, Sufi songs and Punjabi numbers. He has sung in various languages namely, Urdu / Hindi / Sanskrit / English / Telugu / Afghani / Bengali / Punjabi / Gujarati & Marathi.
Last but not the least, Javid thanks his audience and his well wishers, for keeping his singing alive.