Alobo Naga & the Band
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SUMMER OF 2010
Contemporary Progressive Rock., with some Folk & pop
Alobo Naga- Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Bamhum
Theja Khate- Drums/percussion/vocals
Akum Jams- Guitar/Ukulele/vocals
Fung Walling- Bass/vocals
DJ Sumika Yepthomi- Turntable / Guitar/vocals
MyBon Pamei : Drums
Hometown and current location
Prithish Chakraborty (Creovaent Productions)
Winner of "Best Indian Act" MTV Europe Music Awards 2012
Winner of 2012 Best Indian Act At MTV Europe Music Awards - Alobo Naga & The Band (ANB) is an Indian rock outfit from Dimapur, Nagaland, formed in 2010. Since 2010, the band has consisted of members Alobo Naga (lead vocals, songwriter, and keyboards), Akum James (lead guitar, backing vocal), Fung Walling (bass guitar, backing vocals), Sumika Yepothomi (Turntables) and Theja (Drums). The band rose to fame in 2011 with their video single ‘Painted Dreams’ which was an instant hit; it was premiered in August 2011 at VH1. The popularity of the video also helped the band to earn themselves MTV Europe Music Awards 2012 nominations under Best Indian Act/Worldwide Act.
'Alobo Naga and the band' is made up of five very talented and typical young Naga men. Nagaland has the reputation of being perhaps the most musical state in India. And considering the fact that India itself is a virtual treasure of musical styles and traditions that's no mean feat! Dimapur, the town where the band originates, has been at the center of the musical revolution which has been progressively overtaking the state. From Bach and Beethoven to the Black Eyed Peas and Maroon 5's 'Moves like Jagger', Nagaland is no stranger to any genre you can think of. 'Alobo Naga and the band' by establishing themselves as heavyweights in this environment of musical explosion has earned their stripes. After all the critics here are as unforgiving as they come! Formed in 2010 they have been making more and more noise, of the good kind of course. While their roots are firmly entrenched in the contemporary progressive rock genre, they nevertheless appreciate and are quick to incorporate from any other genre.
The main Vocalist of the group, Alobo Naga holds a grade 8 certificate in Concert performance in Contemporary Vocals, from University of Rock School, London. Prior to the band's formation, Alobo was already an established pop musician, He is at ranked at 6th spot nationwide at Gospel/Christian music on www.Reverbnation.com, besides being a performing artist & a composer, he is also a music teacher at the Furtados School of music, one of the premiere institutes of the country.
Recently he won the Best Folk Fusion song Award in the Nagaland Music Award 2011 for his song "Kumsujulo" from his Solo debut album. It is interesting to note that while Alobo might be considered the main vocalist of the band, the other members themselves are formidable singers and frequently lend their vocals to the songs.
Akum is the lead guitarist of the band. Formerly with the much lauded band 'Melodrama', Akum was featured by 'TNT' magazine as one of the gen next guitarists from the north east. The man himself bears a striking resemblance to the bad boys of western music with his tattoos and a very 'Rolling Stone'ish' vibe. However, his band mates will tell you that he is far from being the juvenile bad boy.
The Bass maestro of the band Fung is diminutive and soft spoken, yet morphs into a performing machine on stage. Before the band happened he was a member of the successful Christian band 'Blended For Him'. He works at 'Furtado's music Dimapur'.
DJ Sumika, as he is popularly known, brings the club to the band! A Turntablist with the meanest skills, he most definitely adds chutzpah! to the band's music. With his added mix the band's music very audibly reaches into the playing fields of international bands like 'Linkin Park' and 'Incubus'. He also teaches music at 'Furtado's'.
Alobo Naga & The Band’s song ‘Painted Dreams’ was selected as the Theme Song of the prestigious International Short Film Festival 2011 –Guwahati. The song "Painted Dreams" went up to No.4 at International Top 10 chart at VH1, and was successively pronounced one of the top 50 videos of 2011 by the same channel.
At the Nagaland Music awards 2011 the band won honors including, "Best Rock song" for 'Painted Dreams', "Best Producer" and "Best Mixing" .
The band is ranked at the 9th spot nationwide on www.Reverbnation.com
The band has performed tracks for a Bollywood movie 'Beyond' under Golden Eye production and is also working on other movies.
Played at FREE BIRD festival, W.O.R.M.E fest , KINX, Taj Deccan ...
Incubus, The Script, Kings of Leon.