Northeast bands to create awareness on drug abuse

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) To create awareness about drug abuse and raise funds for addicts, seven bands from the northeast have come together to raise their voice through songs to bring about change. The bands will tour Delhi too.

The music project titled ‘7×7’ will have popular artists, including two all-girl bands, from all the states of northeast. The group will bring out a music album on the theme of ‘Youth and Drug Abuse’, announced NGO BASIC, the brains behind the initiative.

“It is an attempt to take a step towards healing, and to finding solutions to the issues… the album not only unites various bands from different northeast states but also features the diverse music talents that the region has,” said Elvis Khevito Lee, BASIC project manager.

“We will raise funds to support people in need with special focus on HIV positive orphans,” he added.

BASIC has been supporting an orphanage for HIV positive children for more than two years in Imphal, Manipur.

“Helping HIV positive orphans brings tremendous satisfaction knowing that not only are we supporting the suffering children but are creating a better tomorrow for them,” said Lee.

According to Lee, a concert with all the seven bands will be organsied in Delhi by November to educate the youth.

“Music, being a universal language and one of the most powerful tools to reach out to the youth, will be a great empowering force for the journey ahead,” he said.

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