North East Spring Festival 2010 concluded Tuesday evening at a packed-out North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) Complex, Dimapur with Folk Fusion & Rock Show performed by renowned folk musician, Rewben Mashangva of Manipur and an all-female rock band ‘Afflatus’ from Meghalaya.
Mashangva, who promotes folk tunes that is heard in the hills of Northeast and sings for social cause enthralled the crowd by performing a number of folk fusion songs including No More Killing, Naga Folk Blues, Song of Hornbill, Hobee bee and Yangkahui (Flute).
Also performing alongside Mashangva on backing vocals was his son Saka. The father and son duo captivated the audience with their traditional folk blues music in the first hour of the show.
‘Afflatus’ from Meghalaya with Grace Miller on vocals, Karen Donoghue on guitars, Sharon Zadeng on bass and Mercy Miller on drums entertained the crowd with original rock numbers kick-starting the Rock Show with their own ‘Wake Up’.
The band, which already has numerous high profiled concerts to their credit and a debut album in the making, belted out powerful rock songs that included ‘Morse Code Woman’, ‘Flow’, ‘Flying’, ‘Just Being Me’ etc.
Afflatus also performed covers of popular rock songs by No Doubt, Kelly Clarkson and RATM which had the younger majority of the crowd on their feet dancing to the beats. Earlier in the programme, NEZCC director, Hekali Zhimomi delivered vote of thanks and acknowledged individuals and departments who contributed and extended support towards the five-day annual regional event. Besides cultural troupes from Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal, all the eight states of the North East India participated in the festival showcasing their respective colorful cultural art forms.