Sing to the Lord a new song



SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG is one of the songs from my album “None but You”. I want to quickly highlight the ethnic singing that’s used here as the intro and outro (is that a word?-well now it is)

This is the style of music that I grew up with. It is called Lengkhawm, loosely translated just means gathering or visit. As a kid I remember our parents singing this kind of songs the whole night as we celebrated the Christmas season. One song can take 20 to 30 minutes before it comes to an end which will be followed by someone who will call out the words to the next song.. and off goes the khuangpu (drummer/songleader) and crowd singing the next song. And it’s amazing how one song with three or four stanzas could be sung that long. There were no musical instruments to do interludes and solos in the middle to help prolong the song except for the drums which just gave time to the song.
Animals get slaughtered in the morning for the community feast in the evening. Kids get to wear their new clothes and play with their new toys. And this is how I remember Christmas as a tribal boy!


In 2010 I had the privilege of being in India at Christmas after a long time. On Christmas day, a few of us got together after the feast and sang lengkhawm songs. It was a small crowd but we had a great time of worship. My iphone came in very handy. I just set it on a table to record the tunes and this one ends up being used for the song. My brother and I were the drummers..  now how cool is that!

Thank you Guwahati EBC. And thank you Jesus!

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Thanks for sharing! Can't wait for our next Lengkhawm!

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I love your album! :)

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKhup

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