Renowned Naga musician O. Temsu Imsong passes away

Dimapur, June 18 | Publish Date: 6/18/2020 9:29:26 AM IST

 O. Temsu Imsong, a renowned musician from Mokokchung and the lead guitarist of the renowned band Squadron passed away on June 17 at Referral Hospital Dimapur after battling cancer. He was 53. 

Late O. Temsu Imsong hails from Merangkong village, was the second son of late Odi Imsong, retired assistant director department of Youth Resource & Sports, government of Nagaland.

He left behind 3 children, 2 sons and 1 daughter along with his wife. The mortal remain of the deceased was brought to Mokokchung from Dimapur and the last rite for the departed was conducted at his private residence at Majakong ward, Mokokchung. 

One of the founding members of the famed Squadron band that was formed in 1990, O. Temsu Imsong was a self-taught musician who started playing the guitar at a very young age. He was perhaps the first person to use scalloped fret board in Nagaland. After a successful round with the band Squadron, as the members parted their own ways though the band never disbanded, late Imsong still was inclined to the music scene. Thus he ran a sound system business besides opening a jam room/practice rooms for musicians in Mokokchung, especially for the upcoming young artistes. 

Besides the Squadron band, late Imsong was also part of famous bands like Abiogenesis, Dazzle Channel, Slit Image to name a few. As the people of the state and the musicians in particular mourn the loss, many opined that Mokokchung has lost a great musician, a mentor, a giant figure and a fun loving person. 


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