Imphal: Thousands of music enthusiasts from Imphal, the capital of Manipur in Northeast India, were held spellbound on Friday evening, as renowned international artiste DJ Soda, a South Korean musician, opened her maiden show.
DJ Soda’s show was part of the first edition of the ‘Ultra EDM Imphal’ festival held at the Patsoi HVS Ground in Imphal West. Packed with thousands of music enthusiasts, the event was organised by the state ministry of environment and forests and Let’s Do It! India under the ‘Green Manipur Mission’.
One could literally feel the audiences’ resounding response to DJ Soda, as the social media rising star made her spectacular entry dressed in traditional Manipuri attire and greet them with ‘Annyeong Haseyo’, meaning ‘Hello’ in Korean language.
Northeast region is known as the heart of Korean wave in India and Manipur is no less when it comes to the sensational pop culture of the Mongolian nation. DJ Soda, whose real name is Hwang So-hee, rose to fame from South Korean music scene after she took up the male-dominated DJ-ing profession as a full-timer in 2014. Since then, this globally-renowned musician has been on a roll.
So far, DJ Soda has also collaborated with various international artistes like Alan Walker, ZEDD, Jason Derulo, DJ Snake, Diplo and The Chainsmoker. Speaking to media persons on her day of arrival in Imphal, this favourite Korean it-girl informed that she has been a music lover, especially hip-hop music ever since she was very young.
The rise of hip-hop culture in the Northeast region, especially in Manipur, was visible as crowds were hooked to the electrifying EDM act by DJ Soda. Her ever-graceful movement during her show was an add-on bonus to her fans.
Meanwhile, the electronic dance music festival also featured India’s youngest and sensation electronic-pop duo Zephyrtone and spelled out mind-blowing performances with tracks from their originals.
The duo — Sayan as a producer and Zephyr as vocalist — with their unique combination and voices set a benchmark on Indian music scene which has seen a growing trend over the last years. Local artistes like Yung Yung, Jay Sang, Shon Naga, Somaya Rumthao and Generation Squad, among others, also entertained the crowds with their stunning performances during the festival.