Over the weekend, we had a fun leisure chat with our readers, where we shared our current moods – in exchange for a song. By the end of the session, we had compiled a pretty good playlist of songs performed/written/composed by talented musicians from North East India. Scroll below to check out the list.
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- “Very bad mood due to cramps” ~ @journalofhisdaughter
Dedicating this song “Warrior’s Call” by Colored Keys Nagaland. Composed in two Naga dialects (Chakhesang and Angami) with a blend of tribal folk and contemporary western melody, this song is guaranteed to help you relax, and meditate. Breathe.
- “Hopeful” ~ @ruchielal
Play ‘Korou’ (meaning ‘Sunlight’ in Manipuri) by June Neelu Ft B.Maisnam from Manipur. A song about the beauty of nature… the sunrise, dews, birds, wind, and the mountains, this has been our go-to video for afternoon daydreaming and endless optimism.
- “Sad and ‘lil depressed” ~ @blessedben2
When you are feeling down and uninspired, a Nina Simone song can soothe your heart like no other. And this cover of ‘Feeling Good’ by Moatoshi Jamir from Nagaland is as powerful as her lyrics. Give it a listen, and feel better soon!
- “Little bit sad 🙁” ~ @shong_mao_shiu
We have the perfect song for you Shong. Check out ‘Feel Good’ by Virie from Nagaland. Virie’s dreamy voice playing over a backdrop of friends indulging in some old-fashioned fun in the outdoors is a mood lifter for sure. You can also try singing along? Feeling better already 🙂
- “Exhausted 😩 ” ~ @mobiik_18
Friend, we feel you. We recommend you make time for some much-needed rest and self-care. Dedicating this Mizo love song ‘I Hlutna’ by Jaui from Mizoram. Jaui’s calming voice and That scenic location (this video was shot during the 2020 lockdowns) will refresh your mind and soul 🙂
- “Mixed Feelings ” ~ @jamir_sangla
If you are feeling conflicted/confused, we recommend going back to basics/roots to find clarity. This track ‘Yoksa’ by DJ Bom – Yoksa Ft. K4 Kekho from Arunachal is a must-listen! Young rapper Kekho raps with pride about the traditions of Yoksa (machete) of the Adi tribe. The menfolks dancing in their traditional get-up lend a powerful note to the whole song.
- “Stressed ” ~ @hera_zeliang
Hera, if you are feeling stressed, make yourself a hot cup of tea/coffee, and unwind over some great music. You may enjoy this music video ‘Nono Sawi Rikheba’ by Novonil Chakma and Sourabhee Debbarma from Tripura. You also get a glimpse of the gorgeous Champahour village – an added treat. Enjoy!
- “dellusional” ~ @dorec_23