Shillong Chamber Choir to release album on Christmas

Shillong Chamber Choir to release album on Christmas
Dec 15 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 12/15/2020 10:39:26 AM IST

 India’s most famous choral group, Shillong Chamber Choir will be releasing their album, “Come Home Christmas” on December 18.  

One of the songs that was released on YouTube, “We the Kings | He Shall Feed His Flock” featuring Israeli sand artist, IlanaYahavis sung in Urdu, Farsi and English. 

Speaking to Nagaland Post, Founder/Director/Conductor of the Shillong Chamber Choir and Padma Shri-awardee, Neil Nongkynrih said that the Christmas carols in the album were popular hits from pre-1935 and with the main theme being Handel’s Messiah. The songs are sung in Middle Eastern languages such as Farsi, Hebrew, Modern Aramaic, Ancient Aramaic and in Khasi. 

While speaking about the album, he said that people were used to hearing “Go Tell It On The Mountain” in English but they would now hear a verse in Ancient Aramaic (the language that Jesus Christ Himself spoke). In this he said that it was a “marriage of the familiar with the unfamiliar and hopefully they live happily ever after”. 

He shared that having well known world famous Israeli sand artist featured in the video was one of the messages that the guiding force was from above and not from below, as everything had come together brilliantly for the Christmas album. 

Neil also shared that the pandemic was a blessing for them as they were able to spend more time in the studio. “Everything happens for the very best to those who love God,” and if you love God, even the most negative things can turn around and become positive”, he said.

He hoped that this album would help people rethink about what Christmas was all about and where the story was, which was in the Middle East and not in the “Western countries.”

“Christmas is not just about giving presents, but you and I being the gift first and foremost to those closest to us”, Neil reiterates. 

“Come Home Christmas” is a multilingual Christmas carol album that consists of eight masterpieces. The album will be available on multiple streaming platforms from December 18. For other cities in India, the physical edition will be available exclusively with the Taj group of hotels (at select cities) via their Qmin App. 

For Nagaland, the physical edition can be ordered through their website

Meanwhile, “Go tell it On the Mountain” is set to be released between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. 

(Staff reporter)


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