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Chic Chocolate – the Louis Armstrong of India

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Antonio Xavier Vaz, better known as Chic Chocolate, was a popular jazz musician in Bombay. He also worked as a composer and trumpet player for Hindi film scores.

Chic Chocolate and Chris Perry led a two-trumpet barrage at the Green’s Hotel. Chic Chocolate was a nightclub performer for the majority of his career, but he was also a talented film composer, recording and arranging soundtracks for a number of films. 

Chic was a successful Bollywood music composer. In 1951, he worked as a music director for the first time on Nadaan. Aa Teri Tasvir Bana Lu by Talat Mahmood and Sari Duniya Ko Piichhe Chodkar by Lata Mangeshkar were two of Nadaan’s most popular songs. Chic Chocolate was a part of C. Ramchandra’s team. Two of Ramachandra’s most popular Bollywood songs are Gore Gore O Banke Chore from Samadhi and Shola Jo Bhadke from Albela. Chic Chocolate is to be credited for these songs. Lata Mangeshkar sang the song Koi Dard Hamara Kya Samjhe in the 1952 film Rangili, on which they collaborated. He is remembered today for his collaboration with Madan Mohan and his work with Naasir in the 1956 film Kar Bhala. Chic worked as the film’s assistant music director. 

The movie Albela featured him in a song sequence with his band dressed in frilly Latin-inspired costumes, as well as a cameo appearance. Chic wore the costumes from the film for his subsequent live performances. 

Chic and his family, including his wife Martha and their children, lived in a Colaba apartment until he died in May 1967, at the age of 51. Chetan Anand’s Aakhri Khat was released shortly after. Several shots in the movie showed Chic Chocolate playing his trumpet from the bandstand during the blues song Rut Jawan — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app


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