Chaiyya Chaiyya by A. R. Rahman is one of the most popular Bollywood songs to have crossed over to the west. It was included in the Hollywood film Inside Man, which
It was originally featured in the 1991 film Dil Se, the cassette for the music album for Dil Se also featured a song named Thaiyya Thaiyya which was similar to Chaiyya but with a more Sufi/Spiritual bent.
I also feel that there is something deeply spiritual about the syncopated beats & rhythms in the music genre Cumbia.
Thaiyya Thaiyya was one of my most favorite songs growing up. For this Cumbia rendition I merged Chaiyya & Thaiyya with some lyrics of my own added in there.
How does our version compare to the original? To find out listen to the original Bollywood songs here: