Abiogenesis, the popular music band of Nagaland

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New Delhi, Sep.22 : Abiogenesis, the popular music band of Nagaland, which is described to be one of its kind in Nagaland and fuses traditional Naga music with modern rock music, was recently in the national capital to promote its latest album 'Aeon Spell'.

Abiogenesis maintains a distinct recognition for being the only band, which plays the Bamhum and Howey music. Bamhum is a new wind musical instrument made of bamboo and Howey is a sound developed by Moa and Arenla of Abiogenesis and it is a fusion of Naga Folk and modern music.

Guitarist Moa Subong of the group invented the Bamhum, a bamboo wind instrument which was unveiled by Meghalaya Governor three years ago during the International Bamboo festival here.

Leading members of the Abiogenesis band, Moa Subong and Arenla Subong, have today created a niche for themselves in the music world. They call their sound Howey Music.

Both the members of Abiogenesis, Mao and Arenla, say that their homeland Nagaland is today facing militancy problem and awaiting restoration of peace for a long time. Mao says he considers music as a means to bring the lost peace and revive the feeling of brotherhood among the masses.

Mao Subong said: "Music comes from the heart and can penetrate one's heart. So, through music we are trying to appeal for love, peace and harmony among various sections of the people. And I am sure, music can move the mountain, a small child to even the elderly. It can shed tears. It can make you laugh. So, I am very certain that with music the band can reach out to each and everyone's heart."

Arenla, his co musician, said: "We have made a space on the cultural thing, so that our culture is also not lost. So, we have picked something from our folk tunes to incorporate it with modern tune, thus making our culture to live again."

Their 10-track album, 'Aeon Spell' was released in July, 07 by Saregama HMV.

Aeon Spell was listed for the 50th Grammy Awards in two categories for the Best Contemporary World Music Album and as Best Rock Performance by a duo or group with vocals.

Their tracks are very popular on the websites like, You Tube. By Gautam Parihar

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