Nightofficial WOMEX 17 showcase

Line up

  • Birat Basnet (Nagara, Nyakhin, Bamboo Mallet, Dhime, Maadal, )
  • Jason Kunwar (Vocal, Sarangi, Flute, Piwancha, Nyakhi, Nagara)
  • Mina Kumari Damai (Vocal, Pilrhu, Murchunga)
  • Niraj Shakya (Tungna, Murchunga)
  • Shiva Kumar Khatri (Paluwa (Leaf), vocal)
  • Sudhir Acharya (Maadal, Dhime, Nagara, Murchunga)
  • country:
  • region:
    Indian Subcontinent
  • style(s):
    • Folk
  • label:
    not signed
  • type:
  • gender:
    male, female
  • instrumentation:
    instrumental, vocal, percussion, string, woodwind, singer songwriter, unplugged, lute
  • artist submitted by:

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.

• The first ever and only band from Nepal to perform at Shambala Music Festival, 2015
• The first ever and only band from Nepal to be invited by Making Tracks, British live music circuit. Performances around the UK and performance at BBC Radio- World on 3 (2016)
• Collaborated with A.R. Rahman (winner of two Grammy Awards) on the occasion of International Peace Day to produce a musical tribute ‘Ot’.
• The first ever band from Nepal to be selected for WOMEX. Performing at WOMEX 2017 showcase.



  • Night

    type:WOMEX 17 Showcase



Photo Credit: Bishwo Harsha BajracharyaPhoto: Bishwo Harsha Bajracharya Photo: Bishwo Harsha Bajracharya


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Dada kada Bhag 1

Dada literally means hill, and kada literally means thorn. But together it refers to the range of hills and the life struggle in it. Set in the agrari


Kalo Dhunga

Its common sight in Nepal to see women cracking rocks to gravel. They do this for earning bread to their family. They put their babies on rocks to sle


Jhalka Raya Buka (field recording)

The composition of this song is based on two melodies called ‘deuda’ and ‘thadi bhaka’ which are very popular in the mid and far western hills of Nepa


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Putaliko Bhesha Barilai

In traditional marriages, it’s customary in most of the communities in Nepal for groom and his parties to go to bride’s home to bring her in. Most of

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