Ema gi Wari
(Rivers and Valleys Where My Roots Breathe)
This album “Ema gi Wari”is dedicated to all the Manipuris I was fortunate to meet during my visit to Assam and Bangladesh in early 2018. The many conversations that I had with them and their stories have culminated in this album. The songs were written and composed partly during my travel. The album looks at Manipur beyond the geographical boundaries. It opens with the song “Chahi Taret Khuntakpa”. This song is about the Burmese invasion in 1819 that led to the period known as the Seven Years Devastation in the history of Manipur. The album talks about the subsequent displacement, migration, settlement, struggles and lives of Manipuris in the Barak and Surma Valleys. The album can be considered as a concept album in the ways the songs are connected following a trajectory or timeline. I am very thankful to India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, for the grant, as well as support and encouragement that has enabled me to travel and create this album. I am also very thankful to the members of my band Imphal Talkies & The Howlers for their help in arranging the songs. - Akhu Chingangbam
Imphal Talkies and The Howlers are -
1. Akhu Chingangbam - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele
2. Sachidananda Angom - Electric Guitars
3. Irom Singthoi - Cajon, Backing Vocals
4. Karnajit Laishram - Bass, Percussion
5. Chaoba Thiyam - Pena, Vocals
6. Sunil Loitongbam - Drums
(All song written and composed by Akhu Chingangbam
Arranged by Imphal talkies and The Howlers)
Recorded at Hayum Lab, Imphal, with Bonney Ningthouja and Sunil Loitongbam.
Mixed and Mastered by Prateek Bahadur, Taiwan
This project was supported by India 'Foundation for the Arts' under its Arts Practice programme.
Imphal Talkies is a folk rock band from Manipur, formed in 2008 by Akhu Chingangbam with Sachin Angom. The band released its debut album Tiddim Road in 2009.
The band has performed in and around Delh...
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