Wungchipem Raman, his close friends and family of ‘From the Den’ are promoting music and poetry in the north east region with special focus on Nagaland . They have one mission – ‘to create an intelligent and healthy atmosphere to inspire art, excellence and good friendships’ and I think they do a fantastic job at that.
A few days ago, I attended a spectacular evening of music at the Raman household. A nice warm setting on an otherwise cold and windy day [the monsoons are arriving!]. The evening began with Amen singing ‘Put your records on’ by Corinne Bailey Rae. Moa followed with four covers, ‘All of me’ by John Legend, ‘Counting stars’ by One Republic, ‘Faithfully’ by Journey and ‘Rumor has it’ by Adele. Tuden sang two originals and a cover by Ingrid Michaelson, ‘The way I am’. Lelo sang two originals and a cover by Death Cab for Cutie, ‘Follow you into the dark’.
[image courtesy: Renbe Ezung through Asoni Pfoze]
The team got Kamal Singh, a former Lounge Piranha guitarist who was in Kohima that day. He sang five of his original compositions to an ecstatic audience.
As EDM and hip hop are my primary choice of music, most of it was quite new. It was a great introduction to some local talent for me and a nice place to meet a lot of people from Kohima, many of whom I already ‘know’ thanks to Instagram! It was good to put a face to the Instagram account.
Hopefully, Apem and his team will be able to put together many more events in the near future. When asked about his plans for the next one and how we can get to know about it, he said and I quote, ‘it all depends on that text you receive on your phone a couple of days before the event’.
We are all looking forward to that mysterious text then, Apem!
[image courtesy: Yanpvuo Yanfo Kikon]