The Indian folk-rock band, Imphal Talkies and the Howlers released their latest single in February 2019. The band is popular for its protest songs about politics and human rights issues in Manipur, from where it hails. Moreover, their music gives voice to certain social issues in the state.
This new single, ‘Stand United Against CAB’ is about the unfairness of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAB).
The Indian folk-rock band made their first public performance of their album, ‘Ema Gi Wari’ (Stories of my mother) in March 2019 at the Kochi Muziris Biennale. In fact, its frontman, Akhu said that the Biennale gave him a lot of inspiration.
Imphal Talkies and the howlers released their debut album, ‘Tiddim Road’ back in 2009. But, it was their second album, ‘When The Home Is Burning’ that made them strikingly popular in Manipur and across India. Akhu took part in street protests against violence from his school days like many Manipuri children. Later, he started singing protest songs in the Delhi streets and became more serious about his public outcries. Then, in 2008 he formed the band, Imphal Talkies and the Howlers along with the guitarist, Sachidananda Angom.
The Rolling Stone Magazine, India termed them as the ‘ Voice’ of the North Eastern states of India while reviewing their album.
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Source credits: Wikipedia, The Hindu