Kohima: Nagaland will host the first ever ‘Hip-Hop Festival: The inception’ at RCEMPA, Jotsoma in Kohima on August 17. The event is being powered by Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA).
This was revealed by Table 3, a team of nine musicians which was formed in 2017, during a press conference at FIFA Cafe 2.0 on Friday.
Addressing media persons, Moko Koza, coordinator, Table 3, revealed that performances at the concert will range from rap songs and beat box to dance and stunts. Koza further mentioned that a special performance will be featured by children from the Kohima orphanage and destitute home.
Speaking about how the idea of the concert came about, Table 3 director LC Sekhose said that to promote hip-hop music in the state, the team has been organising and performing on various occasions. During one such event, the Music Task Force (MTF), which is now rebranded as TaFMA, recognised the potential of the rising hip-hop talents and eventually proposed the collaboration of a grand musical event.
“People have a preconceived thinking that Hip-hop is bad music associated with drugs, sex… but we want to show the positive side of the genre and also promote upcoming artists,” Sekhose said.
When asked how children from the Kohima orphanage and destitute home have been selected for the show, Sekhose responded, “These children were passionate about hip-hop music. One of their favourite songs is One-day by Moko Koza. So, we came up with the idea of letting these children sing to the popular song We are the world and a rapper from among them will do the rap. This song itself sends out positive message to people.”
With ‘The inception’ of the festival, the team will be seen organising monthly pop-up events across Kohima to promote artistes of the genre. The concert has a line-up of three beat boxers, one dance, one stunt, one DJ and eight rappers.
The team had earlier organised the Nagaland hip-hop online rap audition where 20 participants turned up and top two were selected to perform at this festival. The winner of this online audition, M-DOX, has himself won a record deal with Infinity Ink Dimapur.
Prominent DJ CJ Gurung who will be performing at the concert, said, “Naga artistes have a lot of potential and talent. The government and people need to recognise [understand] that hip-hop is also a form of music.”
Organised systematically, the festival will begin at 5 pm with an outdoor stunt by BMX, which will lead to a graffiti show and finally to the concert hall.
General tickets priced at Rs 100 and donors at Rs 2,000 will be available in Kohima at FIFA, COZ, Hyundai, Mom& I, Juice Bar and in Dimapur at Funky Buddha. Free buses (yellow) services will be provided from Raj Bhavan to RCEMPA at 4 pm and return at 9 pm with stops at BOC, Razhü Point and High School Junction.
The organisers — Table 3 — which began as a five-member group now has nine members, all of whom are young musicians. The team also has contract artistes.