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The story behind the Night

  • As part of the music series of The Storytellers, the band will be taking to the stage before fans at the Russian Cultural Centre on Wednesday
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 16, 2017-

The folk-fusion band Night has been a mainstay of the renaissance of traditional sounds and instruments in Nepali music in the past decade. As a band that formed in part in 2006, before finding its current form in 2012, Night has been lauded for creating refreshingly new sounds that retraces their roots, while infusing them with simple yet powerful lyrics to great effect. Now the six-member band will be taking to stage to share the personal stories behind their music this week. 

As part of the music series of The Storytellers—a talk platform that brings together inspiring stories from people from different walks of life—Night will be taking to the stage before fans at the Russian Cultural Centre on Wednesday. Previous speakers on the platform have included pioneers and impactful movers and shakers from various sectors of the Nepali society.

With songs such as Suskera Haru, Sunko Jutta, and Tuina ko Chha hai Bhara, Night is popular for bringing to the fore not only the everyday matters of heart but also lyrics that echo the pains of the economically marginalised population in Nepali society. The band uses traditional Nepali instruments—Sarangi, Murchunga, and Dhimey, to name a few—to create new sounds that resonate with the modern generation of Nepali-speaking audience.

Night has one album to their name, Ani Ukali Sangai Orali which was released in 2014. The band is currently crowd-sourcing funds for their second studio album Jhalka Raya Buka, which along with studio session recordings, will also feature live field recordings from their many travels. The title track Jhalka Raya Buka, meaning ‘remnants of memoirs’, is, according to the band, based on the ‘thadi’ and ‘deuda’ singing practices and performances from the western parts of Nepal. The album will also see the revival of dying traditional instruments like the Pilhru, Kastaar, Chatkauli and Piwancha. 

Published: 16-04-2017 09:41

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