NTIMES 17OCT: Alobo Naga & the Band makes it to MTV EMA 2012 second phase
Alobo Naga & the Band has yet again made Nagas proud by being selected to represent India in MTV EMA 2012 worldwide category beating some of the best Indian bands like electronic act Bandish Projekt, Mumbai rock veterans Indus Creed, New Delhi alt rockers Menwhopause and singer-songwriter Oliver Sean in MTV EMA 2012 “Best I
The band is now nominated for MTV EMA 2012 ‘Worldwide Act Africa-India-Middle East Nominees’ for their song ‘Painted Dreams’; this song propelled the band not only to fame but also drew fans from all across India even abroad.
‘Painted Dreams’ was also ranked among the Top 50 international music videos of 2011 by US channel VH1 and also featured at number four in VH1’s International Top 10 Chart Busters, a list which had the likes of Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and Pitbull.
Talking exclusively to Nagaland Post, Alobo Naga, the front man of the band, dedicated the band’s achievement to the Nagas and the North Eastern people.
Here are the excerpts from the interview….
NP: How does it feel to represent India in MTV EMA 2012 worldwide category after beating some of the best bands in best Indian Act category?
Alobo: First of all, “We dedicate this victory we have achieved so far to all the Nagas and North Eastern people, This is ours, it’s through your prayers and support that we are here”. We would like to specially thank our parents for their support and for encouraging us in whatever we endeavour.
This morning, everyone was awoken from their sleep by our manager’s phone call, we found ourselves excited and speechless at the same time. It’s really a very shocking and a humbling experience for us, winning over some heavy weight bands that we grew up listening to as musicians.
NP: Now that your band has made it to the second phase of voting i.e. nominee for the worldwide act Africa-India-Middle East how do you feel and what is your expectations from your fans?
Alobo: We are more humbled, and we would like to request all the people of Nagaland, North East & the whole of India to kindly do vote for us to cross the next phase too. Love you all
NP: How is your band members feeling to be representing India and taking Naga musicians this far?
Alobo: Humbled and blessed enough to be where we are today, can’t ask God for more but we believe this is not the end and He will guide us far towards our Painted Dreams.
NP: What are your success tips for younger Naga musicians who are yet to hit limelight with their original numbers?
Alobo: Dedication, Hard work, originality & networking. Think & Dream Big and also lets try to appreciate & support one another. But whatever it is for us it was all God who made it possible so never forget Him.
Bands competing for the ‘Africa-India-Middle East’ are best Indian Act winner, Alobo Naga & the Band, best African Act winner, D’Banj and best Middle East Act winner Ahmed Soultan.
The Dimapur based band members has been described in the MTV EMA website as five “very” talented and “typical” young Naga men who have been making more and more noise of the “good kind”.
It further explains that the band’s roots are firmly entrenched in the contemporary progressive rock genre; however it went on to add that the band members “appreciates” and were quick to incorporate from any other genre.
Band members of Alobo Naga & the Band are Alobo Naga (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Bamhum) Akum Jams (Guitar/Ukulele/vocals) Fung Walling (Bass, Vocals) and DJ Sumika Yepthomi (Turntable, Guitar, Vocals).
To vote for the band, fans can log on to MTV EMA website; the voting lines will close by October 30.
NP- Nagaland Post