Keeping its axiom “For the upliftment of local talents”, Mind Blowers’ Club (MBC), Friday, organized the screening of the 37 bands registered for the grand finale of ‘5th Best of the Best Nagaland Rock Contest’ to be held in the month of June, town hall Dimapur.
Selected bands would be judged based on their onstage performances and public voting, followed by declaration of the winner at the grand finale.
Though the show started behind schedule, the band ‘Black Creeper’ took to the stage much to the delight of the few invited frenzy ‘Rock Music’ enthusiasts.
Professionals and upcoming musicians from Dimapur, Kohima, Phek and Wokha districts, who lined up for the preliminary contest were allotted few minutes time for adjusting their music gears while another time frame was devoted for their songs.
Judges for the screening included Achaba Sangtam, XTC band member and the winner of best guitarist contest 2008; Lezo Suokhrie, Eximious band, best bassist music contest in Mizoram 2006, best vocal in National Hornbill Rock Contest, 2008.
Public voting cards would be made available in Unitex Inc, Encore, Music ground, Audio, Garage, from May 2 and a telecast of the screening would be shown in all local cables from first week of May.
Meanwhile, speaking as chief guest at the screening of the bands, Akaho Kiho, convener, Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) lauded the organizers for committing their endeavours in uplifting local musicians thereby opening a platform for the musicians in the international and national arena. He said most people hardly stick to their commitment and eventually leads to downfall of promising musicians of the state. Encouraging the participants to scale higher, the chief guest asked them to inculcate enthusiasm in music within them through hard labour in addition to spreading ‘love and peace’ through music.
After strenuous task of compiling the scores, twelve bands comprising Verge, X-6, Six was Nine, Section 4, 4th Origin, Rusty Dust, Dementia, Anti-Trust, Black Fall Anthem, Havoc, Damn Silent and Azure Delusion were selected for the grand finale.
The show was sponsored by, BSNL and SBI and Nagaland Post as the media partner. (Staff Reporter)