Niraj Shakya

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  • WOMEX 2017

Night is a Kathmandu-based folk band formed in 2006, with members coming together from different musical backgrounds. Night focuses on reviving lost and endangered Nepali instruments and creating new sounds rooted in collective Nepali heritage and reintroducing said music and instruments to a world audience.

For the past 11 years we have focused on developing music close to our roots while at the same time injecting more of our own original ideas, with an ever-increasing array of traditional instruments.

Nepal has over one hundred different ethnicities and languages and the landscape changes drastically from the South to the North and from the east to the West. This subsequently inspired us to compose the songs in diverse languages and dialects of Nepal.

Most of the songs are composed ‘in the field’ where we stay with the people in villages. After living with a melody, a song, or a drum rhythm over a period of time, we slowly start sensing its deeper meaning and through developing our own compositions, we try to express and share this understanding with others. So the people, places and cultures of Nepal have been our greatest inspiration.

Niraj Shakya


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