Renpi Kikon of Lotha tribe of Nagaland is a self-taught artist. He is out with a special track for Mother’s Day ‘Oyo Mhonden’ which means ‘good mother’ in Lotha dialect.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a native of Aree Old Village under Wokha district of Nagaland. I did my bachelor’s degree in theology, and as of now I am an independent musician.
How did you get involved with music?
My singing skill was first discovered by my mother. I started out in churches and then eventually performed in bigger social events. When I was a teenager, I had this plan of taking up music as my career. I wanted to do gospel music and my passion is still about making good music. I am happy that my vision became a reality.
How was the response for your first single ‘Let Love’?
I received a lot of support from my family, friends and dear ones. Their support and encouragement was overwhelming. It is a song that sends out a message about restoration for the ones who are hurting and broken. Most people who listened to ‘Let Love’ commented on the positive vibe that the song conveyed.
Tell us a little about ‘Oyo Mhonden’
This song reflects on the good character of women as depicted in the bible. It is a tribute to all mothers belonging to the Lotha community as well as to every mother in the world. My song is a prayer for the heavens to bless mothers with strength and long lives. It’s also about praising God for all mothers.
What are your future plans?
Currently I am working on my next song which will be in English. I will continue to work hard and accomplish the goals I have in mind. If given the opportunity I intend on learning more about music, all is in God’s hands!
You can download his songs here: http://www.reverbnation.com/renpikikon
As told to Jadeed Hussain