Lochan Rijal Showcasing Limbu, Damai and Santhal Musicians
The song ‘Nepali’ is a call for celebration of the musical heritage, acceptance, inclusion and ethnic unity of our beautiful country Nepal. The diverse musicians from different parts of Nepal form the heart of this song, The priceless musical heritage that has been confined to traditional settings is a treasury of irreplaceable sounds and instruments that when brought out to the contemporary scene has infinite potential for experimentation, sound design, and music production.
Lochan Rijal in his quest for integrating more of Nepal’s unique music in his compositions has included the music of the Santhals, Limbus, Damais and Gandharvas this time. He spent the last year studying and recording their music, documenting their traditions, learning about the instruments that have been showcased in this composition. His interest in restoring nearly extinct Nepali instruments which started with the Gandharva lute ‘Arbaja’ has carried over in this song. The nearly extinct Santhal chordophones Phantadwānām and Kāṭwānām were restored and featured in this song.
Music knows no boundaries, this is evident in ‘Nepali’ as music and musicians irrespective of their background, are irrevocably tied together in the making and enjoying of their art.
" The lyrics of this album are deeply personal. Written during an era of my life when I was questioning my role in society, each song has a story. "
" My greatest source of inspiration has always been my fellow Nepalis who have, time and again, shown dignity, compassion and kindness even in times of great adversity. You humble me and inspire me. "
" I hope my music speaks to you as much as it means to me. "