Raise your hands if you have already been introduced to the unique local musical talents from Mizoram – and is already a fan. One right here! A thing that we really admire about musicians from Mizoram is the way they tastefully mix their local dialects with the most trending tempo and mood. This, we think, is what makes their music stand out from the crowd – and at the same time, makes them even more relatable.
Today, we have the charismatic duo: Jajah Fanai and Naom Chhangte from the Indie band “Jenny and the Cinematics” from Aizawl, Mizoram. Dreamy and pleasing as their music, the duo is here to introduce us to their music and give us a taste of their latest music video “I Sulhnu” and more.
“The name ‘Jenny and the Cinematics’ is our version of “Alice in Wonderland.” Here, a small town kid (Jenny) goes to the cinema for the first time and is left in awe and fascination by this cinematic experience of hers.”
Meet band members Jajah Fanai and Naom Chhangte from the Indie band “Jenny and the Cinematics” from Aizawl, Mizoram. Read on to find out more.
Hello guys! Please introduce yourselves.
Hi we are Naom Chhangte and Jajah Fanai of “Jenny and the Cinematics” which is an indie duo from Aizawl, Mizoram. Both of us have been individually active in the music scene for a while now… and now with ‘Jenny and the Cinematics’ we have come together as a band..and see where this takes us 🙂
Jajah Fanai for “Jenny and the Cinematics”
Naom Chhangte for “Jenny & The Cinematics”
How did “Jenny and the Cinematics” come about? How did you guys get together?
Jajah: I’ve always had an interest in music and have been playing as long as I can remember. As for me and Naom coming together, it was a chance discovery that got us working together on this project.
“We have known each other for some time but I never knew she (Naom) could sing – until one day I saw her perform on a local TV show. That’s when I called her up and told her about this project I was working on… and here we are!” ~ Jajah
Music gives us an escape.. and as we matured over the years, it became more of a voice and a means to express our current mood, feelings or anything that occupies our mind – and at the same time, which we hope will also resonate with our friends and listeners.
Did your roots/upbringing influence your work in any way? If yes, how has it molded your musical tastes – and the kind of music you make?
Jajah: Oh absolutely. Speaking for myself, but I guess pretty much everyone’s taste (as far as music is concerned) is automatically and subconsciously influenced by the music you hear as a kid in your household; that usually means your musical tastes are highly influenced by those of your parents, uncles, aunts, or anyone in your neighborhood growing up.
Also the fact that life itself is a journey where everything evolves as you go further along.. so obviously our current music tastes have now taken a shape of its own – and that’s what we are experimenting with – and sharing with our listeners.
Tell us about your new music video “I Sulhnu” What does it mean, and what’s it about?
“I Sulhnu” (Mizo) in English means “Your ghosts/memories.” It talks about the aftermath of a failed relationship .. and the effect of a broken heart – from our point of view. We had a video concept before we could finish the song. So we kind of worked around the story and the music simultaneously.
Where do you draw inspiration from? What do you hope people take away from your music?
That’s a big question… we are constantly evolving as a person and as musicians. Having said that, we are greatly influenced by – not just music around us, but also by cinema, everyday life, and people and more. For instance, the band name is our version of “Alice in Wonderland.” Here, a small town kid (Jenny) goes to the cinema for the first time and is left in awe and fascination by this cinematic experience of hers.
“Most of our songs, likewise, are inspired strongly by real-life experiences – or at least by an imagination of what has happened to someone in an imagined world. And that’s how we want our listeners to connect with us – and our music. That feeling of familiarity and nostalgia of things they have experienced or imagined in their heads.”
Naom Chhangte for ‘Jenny and the Cinematics’
A teaser from “Jenny and the Cinematics” ‘s yet-to-be-released track
Watch their new music video “I Sulhnu” – meaning “Your Ghost” by ‘Jenny and the Cinematics’. Follow them on Instagram for updates on their new releases and performances.
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