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Pena Music: Oja Mangi, Yakeiba / Yakairol (Morning Invocations).

The master Pena Khongba (musician), Oja Kangembam Mangi plays the ritual morning invocations known formally as Yakeiba and more popularly as Yakairol. One of the great values of these recording are their capture in the proper ritual setting at the festival of Lai Haraoba. The morning invocations are played to wake the Lai Deities from sleep. Oja Mangi was 91 years old during there recordings made in 2014 at Heibonpokpi Lai Koubru Haraoba. The Hibongpokpi Haraoba could be considered Oja Mangi’s home Haraoba venue as he was born less than 1/2 kilometer away in the hamlet of Lambal. The recordings consist of eight invocations and ritual songs played over the 5 day Lai Haraoba festival and comprise over two hours of recorded musics.

Pena and vocals by, Oja Khangembam Mangi.

All songs, traditional and arranged by traditional and Oja Kangembam Mangi.

Recorded and edited by Byron Aihara for Seven Sisters Music & ehool manipur music and films, at Chingu Awang Koubru Asuppa Laibung, Heibongpokpi, West Imphal. Copyright Byron Aihara and Oja Kangembam Mangi. Special thank you extended to Laihui, the Heibongpokpi Lai Haraoba organizing committee, Pena Rajen, and Mahesh H.

Presented with the permission of Oja Kangembam Mangi.

song 02a:  Song type: Shei Hou #2,  Oja Mangi, Album: Yakeiba  (Yakairol), Morning Invocations.

song 02b  Song type: Yakairol #1, Oja Mangi, Album: Yakeiba  (Yakairol), Morning Invocations.

02c: Song type: Phamang Thougal, Oja Mangi, Album: Yakeiba  (Yakairol), Morning Invocations.

03a: Song type: Shei Hou #1 Oja Mangi, Album: Yakeiba  (Yakairol), Morning Invocations.

Song 03b: Song type: Maikai Taiba in Kalen Shei Shak, Oja Mangi, Album: Yakeiba  (Yakairol), Morning Invocations.

Song 03c Song type: Yakairol #2, Oja Mangi, Album: Yakeiba  (Yakairol), Morning Invocations.

song:05a: Song type: Shei Hou #3, Oja Mangi, Album: Yakeiba  (Yakairol), Morning Invocations.

Song 05b: Song type: Yakairol #3, Oja Mangi, Album: Yakeiba  (Yakairol), Morning Invocations.

Song 05c: Song type: Part 1 of the Mikon Thagongba, Yakairol for the last day of Lai Haraoba.  Album: Yakeiba  (Yakairol), Morning Invocations.

 

Recorded and edited by Byron Aihara for Seven Sisters Music, at Chingu Awang Koubru Asuppa Laibung, Heibongpokpi, West Imphal. Copyright Byron Aihara and Oja Kangembam Mangi.

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