‘Thrilled to sing with The Wailers’
Singer Papon shares his experience of playing live with the iconic Jamaican reggae group recently
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.