“ Ke cha yaar!” says Prabin Maharjan, Mr. Band Liaison from somewhere near my right ear and I am awoken from all of these thoughts. I am standing at Café Aamu, listening to MiKu live. The beauty and fluidity of their music ebbs and flows. Music truly is magic.
MiKu’s story is the culmination of the folk renaissance in Nepali music and how Kobid, Pushpa, Samyog, Riken, Bikesh and Merit took all of the musical knowledge garnered from Kathmandu University’s Faculty of Music, made it their own and delivered in the form of beautiful folk poetry. Their live shows have been moving and carry a soulful message through Pushpa’s heartfelt delivery of her poems with boisterous charm.
Their success is partly due to the healthy Nepali music scene that prevails today and a group like MiKu has been encouraged to perform around Kathmandu city like any normal mainstream band which they are not. Kobid describes the experience that comes with their debut inner city show-run as “positive” and “encouraging”. Pushpa adds,” What is brilliant to see is that our songs have poetry that come from life itself and the audience just gravitated towards the witty ones. Their interaction with us and their feedback is encouraging.” Invaluable live experiences have pushed them further and they are going ahead with even more fervor.
A Full length album
Asked if they’ll have a full length album by the end of the year, the band concurs. The pinnacle and basically, the point of doing all of this is putting out a physical musical entity out into the world. Their further endeavors include a winter tour in India, which also speaks volumes about how music is growing in South Asia as a whole, with a broader spectrum of music sustaining itself. Immediately though, their first Yomari Sessions release of their self-titled song brought them some valuable presence in the industry with more videos from their picturesque Yomari Sessions to follow.
What is Miku’s long term plan?
When asked about long term plans, they look at each other as if to say ‘Hey, we haven’t really thought of the happily ever after as yet buddy!’ Riken says,” Gardai jane ho, we are together and we are looking to do more.” A clichéd answer for the time being but every group goes through the first stages of musical incubation. It’s called paying the dues for your craft.
Just as they are about to take the stage again, Kobid turns to me and says,” Well, there is a bigger picture though, Abhishek. You see, we are all music students. This, is all we have. We never banked on a career outside of this and our future is set in what we are doing. We as a team also have arrangement projects, sound tracks that are produced under the moniker of Mi Ku. Me, Riken and Merit are constantly in the studio with work, Samyog is also a trained music student and we are also looking for various ways to promote Ethnomusicology; so that’s a lot. We are married to this whether we like it or not at this point! (laughs).”
While MiKu blossoms as the fruition of folk-poetry on stage, behind it there lies tireless minds that have dedicated their lives to music. Twinkles of divinity permeate through their devotion to music and take you to some place far away, where you hear them play, as the world goes by. They are on their way and as I take leave, Kobid turns to me and says with a smile on his face,“MiKu bhaneko Maya ho,
MiKu is like Maya.”