Friday November 15, 2019

Bollywood appreciates folk artists: All girl band from Nagaland

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By Debaprio D. Choudhury 

New Delhi: Bollywood may be stereotypical and commercialized with its formula content but offers a “great platform” for folk artistes to display creativity on a large scale and gain popularity, feels an all-girl band from Nagaland – the Tetseo Sisters.

The band, which performs traditional folk music of Nagaland’s Chakhesang tribe and along with  folk fusion, consists of four Tetseo siblings – Azi, Mercy, Kuvelu and Alune – as its members.

Founded in 1994, the band is credited with being able to bring Naga folk music to a larger audience.

“We love a lot of things about Bollywood, while certain things make us cringe too. Indie music and folk have more recently found a place in Bollywood and that is good news,” Mercy of the Delhi-based band was quoted by a media outlet.

“For all its commercialism and stereotypical formula treatment, Bollywood is a great platform for artistes to gain popularity and make it good financially. It also gives great opportunity for creativity on a large scale,” she said and added that they get inspired by life.

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The folk quartet said their songs were about daily life existence, beauty, nature, family, love, friendship, death, pain and happiness. They sing “Li” (folk songs) in Nagaland’s Chokri dialect.

The band members, dressed up in their miniature versions of the traditional Chakhesang costumes, play instruments like Tati (one stringed instrument), Khro-khro (shakers), drums and Bamhum.

On their songs and music, Kuvelu said: “We sing some traditional (Naga) lyrics as well as some that we have written. ‘O Rhosi’, ‘Apulio Lizo’ (prayer song), ‘Ohe!’ and ‘Hiyo! Hiyo!’ are some of our well-appreciated songs. We also perform western contemporary music.”

“Our songs celebrate life and certain virtues and values. They talk about identity and describe a beautiful way of life close to nature,” added Kuvelu who is part of the quartet that has featured in many cultural events across India and abroad.

The band members said they were always open to varied experiences and opportunities to make new and different kinds of music.

Photo 2_1438430168 (1)The Tetseo Sisters said they were now on a mission to create awareness about the need for environment protection, gender equality and racial discrimination.

“We are not activists of any kind. But we want to highlight the need for environment protection, recycling, gender equality, racial discrimination and safety for women across the country,” said Alune, a key member of the band that has jammed with folk musicians from India and abroad.

Asked about their future plan, Azi told a media outlet: “Our dream is to go on a worldwide tour. Slowly but surely, we are pretty close to getting there.”

On the growing trend of all-girl bands in the northeast region, she said: “…it is probably because of the love of music inherent in people of the hills and the more socially egalitarian tribal culture that lets girls be more individualistic and free to pursue their interests.”

“However, there are many famous female vocals fronting many top bands from the rest of the country; so it’s not like there is a dearth of female musical talent around the country barring the northeast states. To us, it doesn’t really matter if a group is all male or female so long as they make great music,” she said.

Asked whether the band faced any problem in connecting with audiences in other parts of India, Mercy said good music does not need a language.

“We have been playing in Delhi for a while. Yes, we sing in a dialect spoken by very few people and that’s the beauty of it. Some things can’t be translated but thankfully with music, you just need to hit the right notes for the melody to capture your listener’s soul and do its job.

“We have had a variety of audiences and they have never faced any problems getting the intent of the songs, and we also try to share a gist of each song that we sing. Good music does not need a language. It speaks to the soul,” said Alune as the band’s popularity continues to grow in other parts of India.

(IANS)

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How To Truly Enjoy The Vinyl Sound

So, if you are looking to enjoy the vinyl music to its best extent, then let me tell you that by taking proper care of your record, it is very easy and simple to enjoy

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The first thing which you need to do is to take proper care of your record. Pixabay

So, today in this article, I am going to tell you How To Truly Enjoy The Vinyl Sound or how to make your vinyl sound better. No doubt enjoying the vinyl music is such a blessing and if you are a true fan of the vinyl music then you will also be knowing the importance of it as well. Enjoying the vinyl sound is one of the most pleasant feelings. So, today in this article, I am going to tell you how you could truly enjoy it. Without taking much time of yours, let’s move further and take a look at it.

How To Truly Enjoy The Vinyl Sound

  1. Take Good Care of Your Record

The first thing which you need to do is to take proper care of your record. Scratching your untidy record will always sound bad for sure. So, if you are looking to enjoy the vinyl music to its best extent, then let me tell you that by taking proper care of your record, it is very easy and simple to enjoy the vinyl music to the best extent. 

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  1. Improve Your Listening Room Acoustics

As I am very passionate about the sound quality and Hifi, I have always focused on how important good acoustic is to enjoy the vinyl sound. You can improve the acoustics of your room at a very low cost. But if you are using earphones for the same, then all these things are useless for you. But to improve your listening room acoustics, I would advise you to switch to the bluetooth record player with speakers which are coming with amazing features and simple as well as easy to use. Also at the same time, the Bluetooth record player with speakers improves the sound quality as well.

Also, let me tell you that along with the Bluetooth record player with speakers you can do the following thing:

  • Move the speaker farther from the back wall
  • Try To Create A perfect triangle
  • Improve Acoustics with the furniture
  • Improve Acoustics with the plants
  • Turn Off the Lights and many more solutions are there.

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  1. Win The War Against Static Electricity

Static electricity could be your worst enemy when you are looking to make the vinyl music to sound good. When the air gets dry especially in the wintertime, everything starts becoming static. humidity falls indoor, and cloths furniture and other things get static including the vinyl record. So, you need to save your records from the static electricity to enjoy the vinyl sound to the best extent.

Conclusion

Well, that’s a little overview of How To Truly Enjoy The Vinyl Sound. By following the above ways you can surely enjoy vinyl music to the best extent. Also, I would strongly recommend you to get the Bluetooth record player with speakers for the best of quality as well as to enjoy the vinyl music to the best extent for sure. It will help you to get the best experience.