‘Thrilled to sing with The Wail­ers’

Singer Papon shares his ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing live with the iconic Ja­maican reg­gae group re­cently

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Pop­u­lar As­samese singer An­garag Ma­hanta, aKa Papon (far right), who per­formed with Ja­maican reg­gae group The Wail­ers at a re­cently con­cluded mu­sic fes­ti­val, says that he was thrilled to per­form with the band, which was fronted by singer Bob Mar­ley till his death in 1981. “I have grown up lis­ten­ing to them, and it was an incredible feel­ing to be on stage with The Wail­ers, singing one of Bob Markey’s most iconic songs,” he says, fur­ther adding, “Reg­gae has that abil­ity to make ev­ery­body feel con­nected and be­come one.” The Jiyein Kyun hit­maker had a pretty hec­tic sched­ule in the last cou­ple of months, as he was on a three-city tour in the US and then also per­formed in Shil­long and Kolkota. “I love do­ing live shows. I love the adren­a­line rush that you get when you are per­form­ing live. I re­ally don’t think you can ex­plain it in words,” he says. Papon and his band, The East In­dia Com­pany, who re­leased their Hindi al­bum, The Story So Far (2012), be­lieves in the ro­man­tic idea of own­ing an al­bum, but in­sists that the au­di­ence is more in­ter­ested in lis­ten­ing to sin­gles in the cur­rent sce­nario. “I’m some­one who loves the con­cept of al­bums. But I think that no one has the time to go through an en­tire al­bum now. Be­cause peo­ple are im­pa­tient, the length of the songs are get­ting shorter. So, you see artists re­leas­ing sin­gles in­stead of al­bums. That’s why I am not to­tally sure if we will re­lease an al­bum next. I think we will re­lease more sin­gles,” he says.

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