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The Imphal Roots Rock Reggae Show



It was in 2008 that Imphal hosted a Bob Marley tribute concert for the first time. The event saw a large number of music lovers from Manipur coming together to celebrate the music and message of this great musical prophet .... Fast forward to 20th June 2015 and we have the Art Heals Trust, Manipur, a new organization dedicated to the promotion of the Arts in Manipur, coming together to organize "The Imphal Roots Rock Reggae Show" in tribute to Bob Marley.

This grand musical event will be held at Iboyaima Shanglen from 5pm onwards and will feature live music by Imphal's very own 'Anticlockwise' a five piece band from Imphal, Manipur and is essentially a Blues/Rock band that believes in employing the sound of folk and indigenous instruments and the 'Roots Reggae Band' all the way from Shillong who will be joined on stage by the who's who of the current Imphal's music scene, namely,
Akhu, singer/songwriter and lead vocalist of alternative folk band Imphal Talkies,
Haraba, vocalist of blues band Fringes,
Bhabanda, singer/songwriter of a promising rock band Pendulum Swing,
Kenndy, vocalist of Imphal-based Post-Punk, Electro Indie Rock,
Sammi a well known singer in the Imphal rock scene and
Roxy, vocalist of the all female band Maniac hailing from Imphal.

"Roots Reggae Band": Once a year, a group of musician friends from Shillong and the NE region get together to perform the music of the inspirational reggae legend, Bob Marley, at the annual tribute concerts which is usually held in Shillong either on the 6th of Feb or the 11th of May. This group of musicians go by the name "Roots Reggae Band".

The founder and music director of the "Roots Reggae Band" is Keith Wallang, who through his event firm, Springboard Surprises, has been instrumental in popularising the music and message of Bob Marley through the annual Marley tribute concerts organized in Shillong for the past many years.

For the "The Imphal Roots Rock Reggae Show", on vocals will be the awesomely talented ladies 'Elaine Wallang', 'Andrea Tariang' & 'Sarahlee' who are the lead vocalists of popular Shillong bands namely The Rudy Wallang Band, Lavender Groove & 4th Element and joining them is the exciting new kid on the Shillong music scene 'Gino Thangkhiew'.

On lead guitars we have blues player 'Shepherd Naijiar' of the band Blue Temptation & sessionist 'Valte Chongtu' from the punk band Tarik. The rhythm section features the brothers 'Leon Wallang' & 'Vincent Tariang' who both play with the country's most well known blues band Soulmate.

On keyboards we have the young talented 'Manavon Massar' who is an alumni of the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and on percussions we have local star 'Momocha Laishram'.

Pre-event of the said show will be at
A2Z on 30th May 2015,
Dazzle on 10th June 2015,
Greens on 13th June 2015 and
Book & Coffee on 17th June 2015 respectively.

The organizers will give 5 tickets each cafe through contest along with Acoustic gig with local artist.


* Art Heals Trust, Manipur wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was posted on May 30, 2015.


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