The lockdown has been a good opportunity for some budding artistes to release their singles online. For instance, 15-year-old Emika Challam, alias Emma, released Care by Emma on YouTube on April 17.
The student of St Mary’s School has a home-based production setup that she used to create the digital music video edited by Erick Franky Kharsyiemiong. The sound was mixed and mastered by Duncan Kharmalki and Yoomiki Thangkhiew at The Midnight Pros Studio in Mawlai. “I am also looking forward to event organisers booking me in the future. Given the current situation, I feel that live gigs will bloom again right after COVID-19 crisis is solved. Music is still going strong as it is on many online platforms and in social media sites and this gives me hope that it will get back to normal once people can interact and hangout safely.
I feel concerts will happen with extra precautions,” the young singer shows some hope. Challam performed live on Instagram on April 23. She wants to write more songs this year before her board examination and through her music, she wants to bond with her listeners in this time of anxiety. “Let’s remember the saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ and look at the bright side of it all,” she says and advises music lovers to be safe at home.