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Crazy for karaoke: How Mumbai’s bars, jockeys and enthusiasts turn up the volume for karaoke


Updated on: 28 February,2024 10:30 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Nascimento Pinto |

As DJs turn up the volume in restaurants and bars in Mumbai, there are others who love singing their heart out with karaoke not only on weekends but actually weekdays too. Exploring this culture, spoke to a popular Bandra restaurant’s owner, karaoke jockeys and enthusiasts who celebrate this form of music

Crazy for karaoke: How Mumbai’s bars, jockeys and enthusiasts turn up the volume for karaoke

Many Mumbaikars gather to sing karaoke at various restaurants and bars during the week on Mondays and Wednesdays too. Photos Courtesy: Nicole Ann Pereira/Meldan D'Cunha/Glynis Luan Simoes

Key Highlights

  1. Apart from weekends, Mumbaikars visits different restaurants to sing karaoke on weekdays
  2. Karaoke nights are usually hosted by karaoke jockeys who update their playlist, softwares
  3. Jockeys say karaoke nights are the best place for amateur singers to sing without worry

Mumbaikar Glynis Luan Simoes has always loved singing and that is because she grew up singing in the church choir with her mother and father. Later on, she sang to the likes of Backstreet Boys everywhere possible including the galley of the airplane, when she was an airhostess. Then she went to Goa one time and sang at St Anthony's bar on Calangute beach, and then things changed. Even though the 39-year-old used to be shy, she started singing at a bar in Bandra. It was like singing was what Simoes was meant to do even though she hadn’t received any kind of formal training. Over the years, she used to visit karaoke bars in Mumbai to sing and before she knew it, the Khar resident was hosting karaoke nights in the city. 

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