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The COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent lockdown surely have effected everyone in its own unique way. Some opened themselves up to newer experiences of the likes of cooking, skill enhancements, learning a new language, or even learning how to play the guitar. For Mar Jamir, best known for his role as the lead singer of the alt-rock band Polar Lights it meant trying out and even coming up with his debut solo song entitled Dear Me which was released on June 7 and has already garnered over 5K views on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MQiKKmkLYk “Everyone’s living through very rough circumstances right now, myself included. So, ‘Dear me’ is me venting out my frustrations the only way I know how to and that is through music,” said Jamir when asked about 2020 being the driving force behind his solo composition. It took the artist three days to write the song which…

What is the best way to bring in hard-hitting topics like Indian political turmoil, religious disparity, class divide, the historic divide all in one? Why compose a rap song of course. That’s what the Leo Boys, two emcees spreading the art of hip hop from Shillong, Meghalaya has done. Also, add on a monologue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose right at the end talking about taking responsibility for the great nation we call India and you get a perfect song that is enough to make you go all gaga. The song entitled Gumnam (Unknown) is the brainchild of two rappers now residing in Kolkata; Sagnik Choudhury aka Hulky Boyy and Soumyadeep Dasgupta aka El_Deepo. After being in the Indian rap scene for four years and working on over fifty projects so far, Leo Boys has accumulated their niche of fans which can account for the 4.1k subscribers in their YouTube channel.…

A good song always has the innate capacity to draw your pain and boredom out and make you sway to its beats. With the COVID-19 pandemonium, it is often difficult to find a moment of peace, fun or even tranquility. At times like these, mental peace and to be able to zone out all the negativities becomes very essential.  Well, music has that power to do so. Beethoven himself once said “Music can change the world,” so there is obviously no need to elaborate the power of music any further. However, this “ain’t no plain ol” listicle of old songs that you need to listen to for these are new releases form the artist across the Northeastern states that have had its release during the lockdown.  So pop those earbuds on, zone out the chaotic world and groove to these songs No Reason- Kaysee, Basshole This is a ‘brand new’ song…

These are difficult times, all we hear around are discussions around COVID-19, quarantine, lockdown, etc. The air is thick with panic and pain but some people, sometimes manage to inject some freshness amid gloom. Shankhuraj & Project Baartalaap have done just that with their new song, Baartalaap. Baartalaap or conversations sung by singer cum songwriter Shankuraj Konwar and writer/ singer Maitrayee Patar premiered on 7th April and has already garnered over forty-five thousand views on YouTube. The song is richly layered with an equally interesting backstory behind its conception. “In 2017, when we were at TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) Maitrayee and I had the opportunity to sing together on World Disability Day,” says Konwar. This performance lead to many meaningful after college conversations between the two and continues to kindle creativity. “Disability to express our thoughts runs wild in our heads and a conversation is never enough to…

If you want to know what your message is, just sing it- Kenny Rogers By now everyone is well aware of the demise of this ingenious country singer, actor, and author and of course who could forget Kenny Rogers’ Roasters (his brand of chicken restaurants in the 1990s) I still remember the first time I came to Guwahati, to visit my grandpa to discover those old hips of him swaying side by side to a musical number. Back then, having a CD player means you are entitled to show it off. So I turned to my uncle and he laughed saying, “No one can stop my dad once Islands in the Stream plays.” Now frankly, if anyone calls me “musically dumb” I wouldn’t mind for I am. But I was a curious kid and I desperately wanted to know what made my usually rigid grandpa sway so much. Also, being…

In the already tumultuous world, the day did come where a simple sneeze is not received with a “bless you” but rather a terrified or angry sneer by the ones around you. With the outbreak of the pandemic Covid-19, the cry for physical distancing is just growing louder. Many people are still confused as to what does this seemingly technical term actually mean. Many are  searching for the meaning of the words. “What does Physial Distancing mean?” The species Homo sapiens is said to be a social animal. We depend on others for material, social and emotional support. Hence, the word physical distancing might sound almost impossible to comprehend. However, it is a bitter necessity now. It is already too late to keep the corona virus from freely spreading but all is not lost as social distancing can slow it down. Like a parasite corona virus too needs a host…

It might sound like a cliche if to say that nature is at risk. We all know that. Starting from global warming, melting of polar ice caps, rising sea level, depleting groundwater tables to forest fires, the list goes on. But what are we doing? To address many of the issues related to nature and environment, Nature Orbit Foundation, an NGO for creating awareness and protecting nature had organised a two-day event in Kaziranga. The event held on March 7 and 8 brought together mentors  like Partha Hazarika & Chao Hemajit Deodhai Phukan both environmentalists of NEF, Tom Boyd, Research Scholar, Manchester University, Julin Boruah, the Rhino Man of Assam and the Forest Man of India Jadav Payeng. The event successfully managed to bring together like-minded people and the event became the best platform for exchange of ideas related to nature, wellness and environment besides many other topics which were…

“Void for me means  endless. It has a very different meaning for me,” said Gaurav Mankoti aka Gaurav Void, the 26-year-old rapper from Uttarakhand, as he sat down for an interview with VibesMojo during his recent trip to  Assam to perform at the Assam Don Bosco University. Born and brought up in the picturesque hills of Uttarakhand, Gaurav was infatuated with dance and hip hop during his college days. He then started his training in the hip hop, urban dance and contemporary dance from Germany and New York and got his official debut in the Indian television series “India’s Got Talent.” Subsequently, in the year of 2015, he was also one of the top 12 in another dance reality show “Dance Plus.” Later in 2019, he was seen as a contestant on MTV’s rap show “MTV Hustle,” which was his new avatar in the world of music.  Void is known for…

You must have heard the saying, all good things must come to an end. Though the high spirited annual Spring Fest of St. Joseph College, Jakhama came to an end on March 14, the two-day festival left the students of this college of Nagaland with some unforgettable memories. The theme of this year’s festival was ‘My culture, My heritage.’ The two-day festivities (March 13- 14) witnessed a perfect blend of culture, tradition, music, fun and well obviously food.  The first day of the festival was kick-started by an invocation by the Vice Principal of SJC (A) Fr. Dr. George Keduolhou Angami, followed by a welcome song by Blended Hillocks and the welcome address by Principal of SJC (A) Dr. Fr. Sebastian Ousepparampil.  The day’s event then began with the guest appearance of the piano maestro Nise Meruno. His soulful voice ricocheted through the college, engulfing the premises with hope and…