Press

“Eastern Panorama magazine handed out the second edition of its Achievers Awards as part of its celebration of 22 years of uninterrupted publication. Spanning ten categories, awards were handed out by the Chief Guest of the function home Minister Roshan Warjari. The awards were handed over to people and organizations which have made contributions in their respective fields. The winners of this year’s edition of the awards included the Tetseo Sisters of Nagaland for music…”
The Shillong Times


“We sang along with the Tetseo Sisters and a number of people around us did the same; they were just marvellous.”
festival sherpa – Festival Sherpa


“As the sun came down over the City of Joy, Nagaland’s Tetseo Sisters, winners of the MTS Discover band competition, took over and charmed a small, attentive crowd. The amiable banter between them and their audience made for a breeze of a set, starting with a playful call-and-response folk tune, segueing into a short and sweet selection of songs that had most closing their eyes, and swaying gently.”
NH7 Kolkata Highlights 2014 – NH7


“Another act that stole not only the limelight but also the hearts of music lovers was the Tetseo Sisters from Nagaland. Mercy, one of the trio, said, “Its wonderful being back in Bangalore. Being the music capital, the people here are very participative and love music.”
Allan Moses Rodricks – The Hindu


“Like most people in Kohima, Mutsevelu, Azine, Kuvelu, and Alune Tetseo grew up listening to and being surrounded by music. The four girls learnt the songs their mother hummed, much of which was in their local dialect, Chokri, spoken in the Phek district of Nagaland. “Our mother put in a lot of effort into teaching us these songs. When we first started, we were not so enthusiastic about learning Chokri songs,” says Mutsevelu, better known as Mercy. (Of the four, Azine has taken a break from touring after the birth of her child). “But over the years we became more interested in Li, or the folk songs.””
Zaira Arslan – Indian Express


“Folk tunes from Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland’s own folk and fusion pride, the Tetseo Sisters enhanced their reputation as a major force in the folk scene with an impeccable performance. The absence of one of the sisters was hardly felt as the remaining three went about churning four mesmerising numbers. Tripura and Nagaland echoed in pure harmony with a cool Dimapur evening even as NEZCC managed to serve Dimapur with another edition of mesmerising tribal-oriented ‘Spring festival’.”
Correspondent – Eastern Mirror


“At a time when language had no written forms, generations taught the younger ones to act, live and work through songs. These songs also kept the memories of ancestors, brave warriors and legends alive in people’s minds. Folk songs have been a part of every Naga’s life. Yet, in current times, the Tetseo Sisters — Mercy, Azi, Kuvelu and Alune — are the cultural ambassadors who have brought Naga folk music, in its pure form, to a larger audience outside the state of Nagaland. They have been performing and acquainting people with this form of storytelling, with much appreciation from listeners, within and outside India and have recently released the album Li: Chapter One. The Beginning. The Tetseo Sisters should be commended not only for their amazing voices and singing, but also for documenting so well a rich cultural heritage. Going through their blog, one comes across traditional stories that feature in the Chakesang folk songs. The blog sure is a resource.”
Juanita Kakoty – Deccan Herald


“Through such endeavors, youth from the northeast are now gaining recognition and popularity, Jeetumoni Kalita of Assam and Tetseo Sisters of Nagaland are one of the examples, who are well known across the country. (ANI) ”
ANI – World News


“ Tetseo Sisters: Cultural Ambassadors extraordinaire by vishü rita krocha They have scaled heights as the new Cultural Ambassadors, as they are popularly known, and have gone places with their ‘Li’ which they call ‘the people’s music’. Their music has been well received across the country and abroad. Even as they insist that “Li is something from the past but it is the past which defines what we are in the present so in so much as Li is a part of us today, it will be a pattern in the bigger picture that will be tomorrow”, it is no wonder then that they have staged performances in countless events in the country and abroad. The sisters’ latest venture includes the launch of their debut album “Li Chapter One” which was released at the Hornbill Festival of 2011.”
Vishü Rita Krocha – Eastern Mirror


“Tetseo Sisters performed at Jumping Bean Cafe on 16th December, 2011 for the very first time in celebration of their first album launch titled “Li Chapter One : The Beginning”. It was an evening of folk music and fusion music.”
Correspondent – Nagaland Post


“Folk songs are a very important means of sharing our history and in each song, there are many stories. We retain the original chorus and then add parts and compose the song to make it more progressive, but retain the flavor,” explains Mercy. “We don’t play around much with the melody, but work with the verses. The themes are very universal – songs about love, life, friendship. Songs about day-to-day stuff.” Tetseo Sisters will perform will perform as part of Folk Nations today at 6pm, Blue Frog, Mumbai.”
sha Singh Sawhney – Rollin Stones India


“We first heard the happy harmonies of Nagaland’s Tetseo Sisters back in June 2009 when they performed in Mumbai at the Handshake Concert that was held at the St. Andrew’s Auditorium. This will be their first gig in our city since then, and in the interim, the Kohima-based vocal quartet comprising sisters Mercy, Azi, Kuvelü and Alüne (Lulu) Tetseo has performed regularly in Delhi and the North East, and released their debut album. At the Folk Nations showcase, Mercy, Kuvelü and Lulu (Azi is on maternity leave) will be joined on stage by their brother Mhaseve, who happens to also be their sound engineer, on guitar. Unsurprisingly, they’ve drawn comparisons to The Corrs, the Irish pop band of siblings who they cite as an influence.”
PM Editors Mumbai Boss


“The Tetseo Sisters campaigns for the current Péro fall-winter collection. Péro is a label launched in 2009 by Aneeth Arora, who has recently won the first Vogue Fund in India. She has participated at the Berlin Fashion Week and is a regular at Pitti Bimbo (Florence Italy), Pitti Uomo (Florence Italy), Tranoi (Paris), Designer and Agents (New York) and Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week (New Delhi).”
Correspondent – Morung Express


“There was the unforgettable von Trapp family in The Sound of Music. Michael Jackson’s family was an inchoate band before he bestrode everybody like a colossus. The Tetseo Sisters from Nagaland, who will perform in the city on March 6 and 7, are in great company then. It’s their first time in south India, “and Chennai is a melting pot of young talent and I hope we are able to strike a chord,” Mercy says. “We have always experimented with music and would be more than happy to collaborate with artistes from the south,” she concludes.
Nidhi R Daiya – Deccan Chronicle


“Music has always been rife and rich in the northeastern corner of India. The last decade however, has witnessed its widespread recognition and assimilation in the mainland of the Indian subcontinent, thanks to many upcoming musicians from the region. Among the forerunners of this league of young and ambitious musicians endorsing Northeast India’s music, the Tetseo Sisters have carved quite a niche for themselves. This quartet of four sisters from the Nagaland is devoted to the tradition of vocal folk music of the state. An ‘a cappella’ style of singing combined with storytelling, and the occasional use of one-stringed instrument tati or heka libuh (mithun horn), their compositions are mostly lores on Nagaland.”
Jim Ankan Deka – NE Blog


“The Tetseo Sisters’ music is a mix of traditional folk and fusion. They sing in Chokri (a dialect spoken by their tribe) and English as well. Their music focuses more on vocal harmonies, simple melodies and lyrics. The traditional songs cover a lot of themes and topics ranging from odes to nature, prayers, love, accounts of war, friendship, death, beauty, bravery, competition, marriage and people. “We hope to continue doing our bit in keeping the dying tradition of Naga folk alive and making it more visible to the rest of the world. We want to leave a body of work that will serve as an important reference point for our history and continue the effort of documenting the lives and culture of the Nagas in a concrete manner in the form of recordings and the traditional way of oral transmission through our live shows,” say the sisters.
Prashant Vidyasagar – Bangalore Mirror


“The Tetseo Sisters, folk artists from Kohima, have been attributed with beginning the folk-fusion movement in Nagaland. The quartet tetseo sisters Mercy, Azi, Kuvelu and Alune Tetseo — perform in Mumbai today along with Raghu Dixit, Papon and other folk acts and will sing “Li” (folk songs) in the Chokri dialect of the Chakhesang Naga tribe of Nagaland.”
TNN – Times of India


“Li serves its purpose as lessons, stories, anecdotes, expression of ideas, requests for favours, an ode, a poem, dirges, tributes, prayers, expressing joy, sorrow, anger, celebrating victory and mourning loss. Li also helps identify the groups doing the singing; the activity they are involved in and it helps gauge the general mood of the singers.”
Tetseo Sisters – Eclectic Northeast


“Longing for a whiff of Naga music? Then head for the weekend show by Tetseo Sisters, a Kohima-based band which represents the ideals of the North East. The Tetseo Sisters’ music is a mix of traditional folk and fusion. They sing in Chokri (a dialect spoken by their tribe) and English as well. Their music focuses more on vocal harmonies, simple melodies and lyrics. The traditional songs cover a lot of themes and topics ranging from odes to nature, prayers, love, accounts of war, friendship, death, beauty, bravery, competition, marriage and people.”
Prashant Vidyasagar – Bangalore Mirror


“Kohima-based folk music group Tetseo Sisters performing during the annual 4th Nagaland Music Awards at IMC Hall in Dimapur on Friday evening, October 12. The music award was organized by Native Trax Society to promote musical works from musicians in Nagaland.”
Correspondent MEx – Morung Express


“Prince Andrew, Duke of York in his brief address at the public reception accorded to him at NBCC convention centre conveyed the message from the H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, thanking the Nagas for their great contribution and sacrifices during the historic battle of Kohima. The civic reception held in honour of the visit of the Duke of York also showcased Naga couples from all tribes in traditional attires, Chokri folk songs by Tetseo Sisters..”
Correspondent – Nagaland Post


“Every time Tetseo sisters take to the stage, they talk to their audience before they begin singing the traditional Li songs of Nagaland. Crisply yet clearly, they explain where they come from, what they will sing, the meanings of the lyrics and the significance of those songs for ordinary Naga women who sing while going about their daily chores. The style of explaining each song,  the eldest Tetseo sister Mercy says it is their trademark, it may sound like a lecture demonstration but is far more profound. It is the most effective tool to warm up an audience alien to Li songs and establish a connect with the listeners that lasts beyond the evening. No wonder, the four Tetseo sisters have invitations from all over India to perform at events where many wouldn’t even know much about Nagaland.”
Archana Khare Ghosh – Times of India