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Nepathya rocks O2
Aug 11, 2015-
Folk-rock band Nepathya entertained an animated crowd of more than 4,000 at the O2 Academy, Brixton, London, the past weekend. The show went on for well over two hours. The band opened the August 8 show with Kuroop Anuhar Ho, a number from their unreleased tenth studio album. Pretty soon, Amrit Gurung, the band’s frontman, had the crowd singing along with him, as he led the audience through a series of new Nepathya songs and older hits, including the ever popular Chekyo Cheyko, whose lyrics the crowd seemed to know every word to.
Among the newer songs, the band’s recently recorded Nainataala was dedicated to the Lahure community and to commemorate the 200 years of UK - Nepal relationship, which the show sought to celebrate.
“Britain and Nepal have been friends for a long time. I congratulate the people of the two countries on this occasion,” said
Amrit as he performed this song. Between songs, Amrit spoke about his travels, urged the Nepalis in attendance to support a united Nepal and asked them to do all they could to help rebuild the country.
“I was there at Wembley two years ago, when Nepathya performed, and I must say that this concert shows that the band has indeed gotten better over the years,” said Sameeta Shrestha, who attended the O2 gig. “Seeing all these people coming together to enjoy Nepal was moving.”
The show was organised and coordinated by the UK-based Elyte Events. “I am grateful to all those who came to the show,” said an elated Amrit Gurung after the show.
Amrit was accompanied on stage by his mates Dhurba Lama on drums, Suraj Thapa on keyboards, Subin Shakya on bass, Niraj Gurung on the guitars and Shanti Rayamajhi on madal.
Published: 11-08-2015 12:47