Plight of indigenous Tripuris find expression in rapper’s voice
Another Northeasterner adds to the growing list of Indian rappers. But Tripuri rapper Borkung’s sensitive portrayal of the socio-political climate of his home State elevates him to an altogether different league. Borkung Hrangkhawl, who is better known by his stage name BK, has earned a niche following for his strong opinions on social issues of his home State, along with struggles of discrimination, through his songs and lyrics.
Borkung’s debut music video, The Journey, since it was uploaded in February last, has earned more than 11 lakh hits in youtube, making him one of the very few independent musicians from the country to have achieved such a feat. No wonder that a local music portal dubbed him as Northeast India’s very own Psy, a la Gangnam Style!
The video, The Journey feat. Hagai’ Rongmei of Mangalz, depicts Borkung’s own musical journey. The song has been sung in multiple dialects, containing verses in English, Hindi and Hrangkhawl Creole. With his no-nonsense attitude, socially conscious lyrics that portray his immense love for his people, BK has endeared himself to many.
Hailing from Kamlacherra in Tripura, BK did his schooling from his home State before moving to Delhi for his college degree. He started his musical journey with the former New Delhi-based hip-hop group DropSquad, which was signed by India’s leading music label Times Music in 2010, upon winning the nationwide talent Hunt “Supastars” from North Zone round. He has also the opening act in the formal release of Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi’s eight studio album, ‘Jassi – Back with a Bang’.
BK had released his single, The Roots (Chini Haa) on Youtube in December last year and the same generated 1,00,000 hits within three weeks of its release. The song, Chini Haa, depicts the present socio-political situation of the indigenous people of Tripura who are a minority in their own land. In Kok Borok, the local Tripuri dialect, ‘Chini Haa’ means our land.
BK is definitely an artist to watch out for!