Audio Cd, Zou, Gospel: So far, it’s a good thing that a family not only laid memorial stones for departed loved ones but also produces Audio cds as this one: “…..my father served the Lord’s Kingdom until his last breath….”. Realeased early this year, Lummei Jamna Gal Lam Ah sang of the the Lord’s Kingdom glorious, or otherwise true to its title; selecting hymns and independent songs from Labupi(Hymns) and Lathabu, for the first time in Zou. And impressively include singers such as Lhingboi, Hatbawi, ZPYF Central Church Choirs and Dove Quartet.
Khristian Latha Bu (in Zoukam) came out last year. Though this album could have use the new translations, they didn’t. But forgive them, nobody likes new translations anyway! The album have six Hymns, five Independent songs and one single composed track- “Lungdeite Lenna”. We sings these songs in the Church and have heard them in various dialects as for Independent songs or Lengkhawm, but this album has one which ultimately distinguish itself of the rest. While thematically does it covers the songs selections, it is the tracks arranging that really stands out. Roulngul’s Kaplam deserve kudos for it. And not far behind is the music by Bobby.
The hymns came out just fine. For Dove Quartet, adding this to their versatile feature, proves their mettle to be the darling of gospel music. From the album opening track, “Tuipi Kinawng Gal Ah”, including the title track, “Simjin Um Nonlou Ding” and “Shina Luipi Gal Ah”, their efforts are priceless. “Kotpi Hoi Aki Hong Chieng In” and “Van Inn Lam Juon In” by ZPYF Central Church choirs completed the hymns selections.
Lummei Jamna Gal Ah: Dove Quartet female vocals breathes freshness and raises unquestionable diction of the song. “Lummei jamna gal galam ah,/ Sunni vah gallam ah;/Alsi tanna gallam ah khun,/Inn loupi khat ka nei| Khut a lamlou tangtawn inn nuam,/ Keidin bolsan a um,/Hutdam tate zaidei awina,/Khum mun kei inn ahi”.
Van Inn lam Juon In: Quite blatantly, ZPYF Central Church Choirs have been the type other Choir groups tried level up to them at Conferences. Well, they are the type and indeed a very deserving one, I say after hearing this. Though they have given the two choirs songs in the album, “Van Inn Lam Juon In” stands out for the very arrangement. The piano vocals and light descending choirs forays the mood and comprehend the rich lyric. “Van inn lam juon in I pei hi,/Hinna leh nunnopna tang ding in;/Itun chieng un kipah mama vai,/Nuamin gam loupi ah.|Ginna neia lamlui khu I zui leh,/Ki-itna leh Kilemna in;/Amel I mu chieng un kipah tah in,/Ama toh teng tontung ta vai”.
Pielgal gam Nuom: This one song which has been doing the rounds of every lengkhawm albums, so to say, couldn’t be missed out here either. The Lalruotmawi version has been considered the best of this Rev Chhawna penned song. Hatbawi version – we are talking about this song – is yet a stand alone. The deep lyrical vocal effort she’s pitted and the non-reserving creativity of the song made it bigger.
Lungdeite Lenna: This will reminds you of earlier Hatbawi hit “Thangvan Alsi”. Now, I’m not categorizing further but together with the easy flow and tone of the lyrical of the songs, the very nature of the songs are Kholai. The lyric credit was not mentioned for this. Here’s the first stanza and chorus: “Dei kimlouna tam Simlei khu kipahna bukim theilou,/Lungdeite toh kah a kikhen kiana gam ahi;/Lei gentheina nuasie in, shina puldou umnonlou in,/ Lei kahna gam nuahei san in Mangpa a pahtawi uh.|Khum gam nuom ah khun Lungdeite kikhenna umkia nonlou ding,/ Sun-leh-zan jong kigen kia non vawtlou ding;/Khenna simthu jong kigenkia nonlou ding khum mun ah;/Aw tun kal ka ngahlah e, Lungdeite lenna gam”.