2017 started off with the buzz of ‘Anthem for the Northeast‘ which was released in December 2016. From Bollywood stalwarts to common teenagers, everybody took to social media to appreciate this stirring track featuring the poster boys of Northeast hip hop, Khasi Bloodz, Cryptographik Street Poets, Symphonic Movement produced by Northeastern beat-maker, Stunnah Beatz.
Fast forward to March, Nilotpal Bora took centre stage with the release of Majuli, a tribute to the enchanting river island. The video is still going strong with over 1.3million views on YouTube.
In 2017, many artistes pushed beyond their horizons, explored and conquered. Mizoram’s Avora Records earned a two-year endorsement deal after bagging the winners’ title at Sennheiser Top 50. They were also adjudged the winner of the Hornbill International Rock Contest, 2017.
But unfortunately, we have also lost great musicians like veteran rapper from Mizoram, Michael M Sailo and Snow White’s guitarist, Manfulson Lyngdoh. But as someone rightly said that ‘the show must go on’.
Some bands even went on foreign tours. Yesterdrive and Alobo Naga, represented India at the Music Matters Live, 2017 in Singapore. Nagaland’s Rattle and Hum Band toured and performed at V-Rox, Russia. Polar Lights, Rida and The Musical Folk performed at the Handshake concert, Hanoi, Vietnam.
A lot many music events also took place throughout the year. We had Nitro comprising legends like Chris Adler, Michael Angelo Batio, Jim Gillette and Matt Devries performing in Shillong. Metal greats, Benighted also did a short Northeast India tour. Progressive metal legends, Textures performed in Jowai as part of their farewell tour. Guitar virtuoso, Steve Vai made a visit under the banner of Bacardi NH7 Weekender.
All in all, 2017 was great. It will be exciting to see what 2018 has to offer.