Northeast India is home to over 166 tribes across its eight States. The region is rich with folk and traditional music. The surge in fusion has caught the attention of musicians in the region. Nagaland-based Colored Keys’ latest song is a beautiful orchestration of a warrior’s call laid over some urban beats. The song has been composed in two dialects – Chakhesang and Angami.
‘The reason behind composing the song in our own dialect is to promote our dying language and expressions whilst promoting our rich folk music at the same time. We are thrilled and amazed for the love we’ve been receiving for Warrior’s Call. For each song that we release, the response continues to grow. We’ve recently learned that the song has the highest response till date amongst all the new songs released on Indihut this season. Immensely grateful for the support we’ve been receiving.’
Inspired by its response, the band recently released a video for the song. The video has been produced by Tinted Light Studio with support from Act of Kindness, Dimapur. With enthralling aerial shots, the video features natural landscapes with appealing visual narration. ‘The song talks about putting on the armour of integrity and fighting life’s challenges. It is a folk fusion where we incorporated our indigenous folk music, with the contemporary west.’
Since the band’s inception in 2014, the band has performed in the closing ceremony of Hornbill Festival and at the 2016 edition of Handshake Concert held in Bengaluru to name a few. ‘Of all the performances, the gig at Blue Frog, Mumbai remains to be one show that we will always treasure. Got the opportunity to witness amazing performers and also learnt a lot from them.’
The band members are a bunch of versatile and unique musicians. They live by the motto of creating vibrant sounds without stereotyping their music. Besides that, they claim to be a little crazy! ‘It is that crazy which has brought us together (laughs).’
The band is currently working on more originals mostly revolving around folk-fusion. ‘We shall soon begin working on an album, comprising of songs about positivity and humanity.’
By Mrinal Paul