Alobo enlightens Stonites


Dimapur, June 14: It was an evening filled with great fanfare, scintillation, enlightenment and entertainment when one of the most prolific and iconic contemporary music sensation from Nagaland, Alobo Naga rocked the stage at Livingstone Foundation Hr. Sec. School on June 13. The programme entitled ‘Stonites with Alobo Naga’ was an exclusive solo concert meant for the students and staff of LFHSS and organized by the School Management led by Andrew Ahoto, Chairman and Ani Yepthomi, Director Jr. High. The programme was led by Vernon Fernandez as the MC.
The versatile and multi-talented Alobo Naga enthralled the audience with some of his most popular numbers, including those from Laughter & Tears, Road of Thousand Dreams, Kini-No.2 and and his band’s single chartbuster video album, Painted Dreams which won the Best Indian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in 2012.
‘Painted Dreams’ was selected as the Theme Song of the prestigious International Short Film Festival 2011, Guwahati. It also went up to No.4 at International Top 10 chart at VH1 Channel, and was successively pronounced one of the top 50 videos of 2011 by the same channel. Much to the delight of the audience he also performed one of his greatest yester songs ‘Kumsujulo’ or ‘Live as One’ from his Solo Debut Album which had won him the Best Folk Fusion Award in the Nagaland Music Award 2011. He brought the curtain down on the solo concert with one of his recent and most well-known Nagamese Songs based on dignity of labour ‘Mistry Gaana’ by dedicating it to the students.
The sublime atmosphere was made all the more emotional as Alobo opened up to the jam packed school auditorium and shared his life’s journey and struggles in the backdrop of a stereotypical society where people had a very low opinion about a career in music. According to him, it was a constant up-hill task for him to reach the zenith of success wherein he had to face a lot of obstacles where God was his constant support and guided his fate throughout. He motivated the students by bringing home the fact that with God everything is possible. Referring to his life as an example, Alobo remarked that one can only achieve the unachievable only when one surrenders one’s hopes, dreams and aspirations to the Almighty God who has bigger plans and successes waiting to be unraveled at the opportune moment. He further shared to the students that he started expressing his passion for music at the tender of 5 and by the age of 11-12 years he began performing his original composition.
Earlier, the welcome address was presented by the Chairman of LFHSS, Andrew Ahoto and the felicitation of the guest artiste was done by Director Jr. High, Ani Yepthomi. Alobo also presented his palm imprint and autograph on a specially designed poster as a memorabilia for the Stonites.
It is noteworthy that in 2003, Alobo Naga was adjudged as the best vocalist and best performer in a musical contest ‘Summer Jam 2003’. Alobo Naga holds a grade 8 certificate in Concert performance in Contemporary Vocals, from Rock School under Trinity School of Music, London.
He is ranked at 6th spot nationwide at Gospel/Christian music on, 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.
He has also been appointed as the Ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Nagaland and is also the State Icon for the Election Commission of India’s SVEEP Campaign.
(Page News Service)