Express press service
KOCHI: Religion has wreaked havoc in the world. Although the central message of each of them is love and peace, the irony is that most of them have a bloody history, of wars started by selfish people because of jealousy and greed. .
A better conception of religion would be one that teaches people to be companions rather than competitors. That’s what Southern Peppers, a five-member band from Delhi, are trying to tell the world with their latest single ‘Naadan Modern’. A mix of dance, rap, melody and electro, the Malayalam music video is a clarion call against those who spread hatred in the name of religion in a blind battle for supremacy. The group, consisting of Sahil Sunil, Amal Prakash, Jithin.P.Ajith, Bhavna Vijayan and Adhitya Manohar formed Southern Peppers in April last year.
The musicians, all in their twenties, grew up in the model city of Delhi. But their music is free from genre and language ties. “Naadan Modern is not limited to any category. It has instruments and electronics, but we would call it a rock band,” the team said. Their songs sound like western folk music with a northern Malabar accent. Their songs speak of the new liberal thoughts, an era that calls for religion based on domination.
The powerful lyrics of Sahil, who is also the lead singer, impact the listener, giving them food for thought. “It is quite common these days to see communities fighting and killing in the name of religion. One day, I thought to myself, how much chaos and violence could have been avoided if religion had never existed. Technically, it’s a man-made concept.
Religion should be personal and its main consideration should be compassion. You cannot spread violence, or do whatever you want and use religion to justify it. All these thoughts came to me and I put them into the songs,” says Sahil, a final-year political science student.
The team also completed their song with a dance number, which shows a group of people who live in harmony and unity are forced to join the interests of communal goons who hold them hostage. “It was indeed a challenge to highlight religion. We represented it through ribbons of different colors. It’s a metaphor for how politics and power take away rights and freedom,” Sahil explains.
The six-minute music video also asks toxic believers to pay attention to the new generation that yearns to live in unity. “The line chinchichudae namme pole translates to ‘Why not think like us? and it shows the growing tribe of young minds who don’t want to be bound by religion. Humanity must triumph, always,” adds Sahil.
Jithin is the composer and guitarist. Guitar notes were arranged by Rohit Suresh. “At first, we were thinking of making a folk song. Since Southern Peppers represent a new change, we later decided to mix in a bit of electronica,” explains Jihin, who is in her final year of a bachelor’s degree in music.
Naadan Modern also features rap artist Abhishek K aka ThamBuraan. Its ferocious bars highlight the toxicity of blind faith. “He painted quite a picture. The words of a 19-year-old boy and his perceptions of religion itself can make waves,” says Sahil.
Southern Peppers dedicated the song to a brighter future and hopes to bring a change in people’s minds. Rohith Suresh handled electric guitar, Anex played drums. Shivendu aka Shiv&You played the keys and mixed and mastered the audio. Bhavna Vijayan is the assistant director and Vaishnavi K handled the choreography. The track was produced by Lucid Cafe.
Watch on YouTube: @Southern Peppers