Abiogenesis receives the Nagaland’s Governor’s Excellence Award on 26th January 2017 for Distinction in folk fusion music.
National Award: Moa Subong of Abiogenesis received the National Award from the President of India Shri. Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's House) on 4th March 2017 for his invention of the Bamhum, a new wind bamboo musical instrument.
‘Song Of Substance Award’ at the Music Malt Online Fest 2016 for their Music Video ‘Voices In Kisama’ .
New Music Video Released!
Abiogenesis Official Music Video– Up On The Mountains
Abiogenesis Brief Profile:
Abiogenesis is a folk-fusion act that hails from Nagaland, India. It s no surprise then that their sound can be exotic.
Abiogenesis reinvented version of folk music is called Howey Music. Blending Naga folk elements from India and modern music, the result is offbeat, unique, and completely enchanting.
Supporting their new style of music, and enhancing the cleverly-shifting melodies of the modern guitar compositions, is the addition of the newly invented Bamhum. That instrument is the invention of Abiogenesis Moa Subong. The Bamhum's unique tone bring an otherworldly quality to the band s sound and highlights the group s fresh take on a classic genre. Moa received the National Award for this invention from the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 4th March 2017 at Rashtrapathi Bhawan (President's House).
The band's action-packed shows and positive do-or-die attitude are already getting increasing notice around the globe. Abiogenesis has performed in six countries: India,Thailand , Russia, Bhutan,Myanmar and Tunisia.
They have performed for the Royal family at the Indian Embassy, Thimpu, Bhutan on Indian Independence Day 2011 and to 160 Consul Generals at the Raj Bhawan, Mumbai on 16th November 2011.
Full band Abiogenesis are:
Arenla on Vocals / Bamhum / Tikzik
Moa on Guitar / Harmonica /Bamhum / Tikzik
Aso on Drums & Tikzik
Meren on Bass
Arenla & Moa also performs as a Dou for special occassions.
1. 'Aeon Spell' released through Saregama in June 2007 ..
2. Rustic Relish released through their indie label APH Records.
3. Slice of Heaven also released through its indie label APH Records.
4. Legacy Of The Mountains- Released through Mondo Tunes and available at 750 sites worldwide.
Some of their achievements:
* ‘Song Of Substance Award’ at the Music Malt Online Fest 2016 or their music video ‘Voices In Kisama.
*The Nagaland’s Governor’s Excellence Award for Distinction in Folk Fusion Music.
*Moa Subong of Abiogenesis received the National Award from the President of India Shri. Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 4th March 2017 for his invention of the Bamhum, a new wind bamboo musical instrument.
1.Abiogenesis album ‘Aeon Spell’ released by Saregama in 2007 was listed for Nominations in the 50th Grammy Awards in the Best Contemporary World Music album of the Year.
2.Arenla, the vocalist of Abiogenesis was nominated for the Best Female Vocals category in the 6th Jack Daniels Awards.
3. Certificate of Commendation in the field of Music on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Nagaland Statehood on 1st December 2013 by Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung District.
4. ‘URD1’ winner of the Best Alternative Song Category in Akademia Music Awards 2014, Los Angeles.
5.Abiogenesis album ‘Legacy of the Mountains’ was nominated in the Best Album category in Global Indian Music Awards (GIMA) 2014
6. Certificate of Recognation for Pioneering Contribution Towards Promotion of Indigenous Music on the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of Mokokchung in 2015by Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung District..
BAMHUM- New wind musical instrument invented!
THE BAMHUM is a new wind musical instrument made out of bamboo invented by Moa Subong of Abiogenesis. The Bamhum draws it's name from the basic roots, the Bamboo and the effect of humming into this instrument. A medium sized bamboo instrument that one hums into to produce tones that are sourced from the user's vocal chords and resonates with a captivating effect on the listener.
The simplicity, with which the player can play the Bamhum is an added advantage, since all it takes for a player is to simply hum a tune into the hum hole, besides controlled breathing as an ingredient to acquire proficiency and versatility over the Bamhum, unlike other instruments where one undertakes the long trail of learning the technicalities of playing musical instruments. No theoretical lessons are necessary to play the Bamhum and one can easily progress from a learner to an exponent through practice. It can be played as a solo instrument, back-up or supportive role in a band/orchestra or played in an ensemble with many Bamhum players playing various parts of a song. It can be played in any kind of music- classical, folk, rock, jazz, blues, gospel, pop etc. The Bamhum is arguably the only musical instrument invented in the past 100 years, other claimed ones being improvisation or re-invention of existing ones.
The Bamhum was unveiled by his excellency MM Jacob, the then Governor of Meghalaya on May 3, 2005, at the Central Library Hall, Shillong, Meghalaya, India during the International Bamboo Festival. The unveiling ceremony was entirely organised and sponsored by Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NDBA), Government of Nagaland.
The effect of this new wind musical instrument is multifaceted and versatile because it is not restricted only to the musicians, but just about anyone can pick it up and play.
' TIKZIK' The new bamboo percussion unveiled on 2nd May 2014.
Tikzik, the new Bamboo percussion was unveiled by Shri Lipokmar Tzudir, Director. North East Zone Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India on 2nd May 2014 during the Discover North East cum Moatsu Fest at Mokokchung’
Tikzik is a musical instrument innovated by Moa Subong of Abiogenesis. Tikzik is sounded or played by holding with one hand and being struck onto the finger or balm of the other hand while the fingers can also simultaneously tap single note or beat repeatedly like a roll onto the tikzik stick or the small tok pad located on one end of the Tikzik, the zik sound clan be played with the additional stick while the shake sound is also heard. Tikzik can be classified as unpitched percussion instrument, which produce notes without an identifiable pitch.
Abiogenesis performing 'Right Now' at North East Fest at IGNCA, New Delhi 0n 17th October 2015
Voices In Kisama - Premiered at VH1 India on 23rd May 15
Abiogeenesis performing @ 4th NE Indigenous Music Festival
Abiogenesis - 'Oja' - Mother - A prelude - Mother's Day- Dedicated to All Mothers
Hitch Hiker-Live in IMC Hall
Return Of The Son
Abiogenesis to headline alongside Neil Zaza on World Music Day 2016 at Dimapur.
Abiogenesis nominated at GIMA
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