The Tetseo Sisters are easily the most recognisable faces of North East India. Hailing from Nagaland’s Kohima, the harmonious melodies that pour out when the ladies take the mic will transport you to a different time and space.
The four siblings – Azi, Alüne, Mercy and Kuvelü have come a long way from singing at school podiums to now commanding the attention of varied audiences at national and international stages in the two decades since their first performance.
The tribal colours that they wear clearly define what they represent – a flavour of myriad dreams, aspirations and creative energy that abounds in the hills they call home.
Their songs are simple, focusing on vocal harmonies rich in tones and nuances culminating in a startling perfection of rhymes and rhythm. Often accompanied by the single stringed Tati and a guitar toting brother, the sisters delight with a fresh new experience.
The body of work is the culmination of over a decade of experimentation, drawing inspiration from the group’s travels, live shows around the country and abroad, jam sessions on the road and improvisations along the way, tried and tested on audiences around the world to finally be shared as a collection of 7 distinctive songs tied together by the underlying theme of celebrating being human and alive, never giving up and eventually winning over the odds.
The EP is essentially original Naga folk melodies and stories presented in the trademark style of the Tetseos, and folk with a happy twist. Contemporary fusion vibes in equal measure of fresh and familiar simultaneously, clean sounds centered on vocal harmonies with a touch of contemporary electronic elements, the quintessential guitar meets Tati and measured percussion.
The EP also features fan art and celebrates artwork inspired by the Tetseo Sisters, their fashion sojourns, the music and Li stories, exclusively curated for A Slice of Li.
Their music resonates with an innocence of the untouched, the hopeful and a happy go lucky sense of abandon. Li or the songs of the people as presented by the Tetseo Sisters is a celebration of the unique Naga way of life in a way it has been rarely portrayed – timeless and yet contemporary.
Artist: Tetseo Sisters
Vocals – Tetseo Sisters – Azi, Alüne, Kuvelü and Mercy Tetseo
Tati – Tetseo Sisters
Khro khro – Alüne Tetseo
Guitars – Mhaseve Tetseo
Recorded, Mastered and Produced at Li Tsale Records, Kohima, Nagaland by Mhaseve Tetseo
Language: Chokri Naga
Released as: Single