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Nagaland gears up to host 4th Asia Music Summit from Feb 1 in Kohima


Nagaland is gearing up to host the 4th Asia Music Summit (AMS) 2024 from February 1-3 in Kohima. The event is an initiative of MusicConnect Asia and is being hosted and co-organized by Task Force for Music & Arts (TaFMA) – Government of Nagaland.
TaFMA chairman Theja Meru informed that preparations are underway, with chief minister Neiphiu Rio set to grace the opening ceremony at the Capital Cultural Hall, Kohima from 6 pm onwards on February 1.

The opening ceremony is free for all and Meru has invited the citizens of Kohima and music schools in and around Kohima and other districts. He expressed gratitude to the chief minister for his support and leadership, emphasizing that the event is a significant milestone for the state.

Meru also expressed gratitude to advisor to the chief minister of Nagaland and chairman of the Investment & Development Authority of Nagaland (IDAN), Abu Metha, for his valuable insights and continuous guidance to the music industry, specifically TaFMA. He described the Summit as a three-day “Knowledge Extravaganza,” featuring 10-12 festival directors from around the world sharing their expertise.
Delegates registration will commence at 3 pm at the Capital Cultural Hall, Kohima on February 1 and will continue at RCEMPA from 8:30 am onwards on February 2. Meru informed that on-the-spot registration will be available for those who are not registered online.

The Summit Focus – Delegates will include: Jason Mayall (UK/Japan), Director Fuji Rock Festival, Alejandro Orellana Quiroz (Santiago De Chile), Artistic Production Director of WOMAD Chile Festival, Alfredo Caxaj (Ontario, Canada), Executive and Co-Artistic Director of SUNFEST, Carlos Seixas (Portugal), Artistic & Production Director of FMM Sines Festival, Fabio Scopino (Italy), CEO, Co- Founder and Director of Italian World Beat/Musiconnect Italy, Lama Hazboun (Jordan), Founder Orange Red and Amman Jazz Festival, Poom Piyasu Komaradat (Thailand), Promoter Maho Rasop Music Festival and Pow Fest, Sungchun Lee (South Korea), Executive Director Seoul Music Week and Producer Sound Puzzle, Franki Raden (Indonesia), Founder Indonesia Music Expo and Toraja International Festival, Riju Tuladhar (Nepal), Musician, Co- Founder of Echoes In the Valley Festival, Sonam Dorji (Bhutan), Director Hidden Kingdom World Music Festival, Mehreen Mahmud (Bangladesh), Singer, Composer and Music Event planner, Abu Metha (India), Advisor to Chief Minister of Nagaland and chairman IDAN, Moa Subong (India), Recipient of Padma Shri Award and Founder of Abiogenesis,

Khyochano TCK (India), Founder of Brillante, the world’s only multi-genre piano festival, Shyamkanu Mahanta (India), Entrepreneur, Writer, Founder and Chief Executive of North East Festival, Ujjwal Mukhia (India), Founder of 03 Group, Divya Bhatia (India), Director and Producer Jodhpur RIFF, Eddie Prithviraj (India), Producer Global Indie Festival, Mumbai and Matras Jazz Festival and Rumpa Banerjee (India), Head-Corporate Communication & Member Relations at The Indian Performing Right Society Ltd.

21 bands have been selected for music showcase (Concert). It includes; OOberfuse, Nchanter, Rain in Sahara, Alobo Naga & The Band, Trance Effect, Abiogenesis, Version 2, Tetseo Sisters, Colored Keys, Coronation Choir, Atsa Lang Roths, Abdon Mech, The Glutbones, Cantamus Choir, African Amakishiu and J M e, Benry Moses, Imna Yaden, Kekhrie Ringa, Jonathan Angami, Ruzazho Tati Folk Song Group and Southern Angami Cultural Society.

The music showcase, workshops, mentoring session, panel discussion, business, networking, one-to-one session, etc will take place at, RCEMPA Jotsoma on February 2 and 3.
So far, 12 countries have confirmed their participation for the Summit. It includes; Japan, Santiago De Chile, Ontario-Canada, Portugal, Italy, Jordan, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and host India.

It is very big and important event and I feel that the music fraternity and all the members especially those in music, arts, artist managers, event managers, promoters will gain so much, TaFMA chairman said, adding “I encourage everybody to join us.”
The aim of the Summit is to provide a global platform, where the exchange and birth of ideas, and concepts will be fostered, to create exciting new partnerships within Asia and the rest of the world.

This will be one of the biggest opportunities for the musicians, agents, artiste managers to congregate and interact with luminaries from the cultural music industry, festival directors, talent buyers in three days of panel discussions, live performance and one to one meeting.
This Summit is designed for bands, agents / band managers, musicians, music institute heads, music teachers, talent managers, event management companies, music producers, song writers, music enthusiasts, music labels and music festival directors.

Asia Music Summit started its journey in 2020 with two consecutive editions in collaboration with Global Toronto.
In 2023, it had its 3rd edition in Ulsan, South Korea. Asia Music Summit is an annual event of international stature and repute to promote the rich music of Asia.

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