1974 AD

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1974 AD
1974AD Band logo.svg
Background information
Also known as 1974
Origin Kathmandu, Nepal
Genres Blues-rock, rock and roll, folk, ragas, funk, blues, jazz, hard rock
Years active 1994 (1994) — present
Website http://www.1974ad.com.np/
Members
Past members

1974 AD[2] is a Nepali rock band, formed in Kathmandu, Nepal in the early 1990s.[3] They experiment with various genres of music including Nepali folk, ragas, rock, funk, blues and jazz. 1974 AD are amongst the most successful recording artists in Nepal. Most of their albums are ranked amongst the top-ten best-selling albums according to Hits FM of Nepal. In 2000, their concert, 'Rock Yatra,' was watched by more than 60,000 people, the largest attendance for a concert in Nepal.[4]

Songs and albums produced by 1974 AD are usually in the Nepali language. Lyrics include themes of patriotism, Nepali virtues, unity, love and nationalism. There is a lot of variety in the music of 1974 AD. They have successfully tried various genres of music. Their songs, like "Nepali," "Sambodhan," "Pahilo Junima," "Parelima," "Samjhi Baschu" and "Chudaina Timro Mayale" and others, were some of the biggest hits in Nepalese music. The song "Nepali Ho" from their highest selling album Satabdi has been received as the most patriotic commercial song till date.

Formation (1994)[edit]

The group was formed during the 90s by a group of teachers from Gyanodaya School in Lalitpur, Nepal. The founding members were guitarist Phiroj Shyangden, bassist Nirakar Yakthumba and drummer Bhanu A. During the early days the band played various genres for music like hard rock, heavy metal, rock and blues. Drummer Bhanu A was influenced by blues music. When they played cover tunes he sang Gary Moore numbers like "Walking by Myself". They played several gigs in and around Kathmandu where they covered numbers by Bryan Adams, Deep Purple and other rock groups. He is also a good guitarist and his bluesy rock style has inspired many guitarists in Nepal. His style has the flavor of guitarists like Gary Moore, Ritchie Blackmore and Eddie Van Halen. They mainly performed their own compositions. The hit tune is "Mayaluleh" from their debut album "Time Out", established 1974 AD as a household name. During this time, future members Adrian Pradhan and Sanjay Shreshta were involved with their own bands. Adrian used to be in a hard rock band from Kalimpong called "The Flame".

"The Flame" held their first concert in Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu during the winter of 1994. They were basically a cover band doing songs from Iron Maiden, Metallica, Extreme, and other rock acts. Adrian Pradhan played rhythm guitar and performed vocals. The influence of early heavy metal can be heard in Adrian's singing style. Later during the late 90s Adrian joined 1974 AD as their drummer/vocalist after former drummer Bhanu A went on hiatus. Percussionist Sanjay Shrestha, who used to play the drums for the St Xavier's school band, was involved with Nepali fusion rock act Shristi.

Flute maestro Manoj Singh would soon join 1974 AD and enjoy the popularity of the highly successful band and also contribute to the diversity of sound in the band. During the late 90s local guitar enthusiast Manoj K.C from Dhobighat, Lalitpur joined 1974 AD, completing the lineup. Together they would form a solid act and go on to conquer the hearts of millions of die-hard fans.

Fame and fortune[edit]

From left to right: Adrian Pradhan, Phiroj Shyagden, Nirakar Yakthumba, Manoj Kumar KC, Sanjay Shrestha

The band was very popular in the Kathmandu and Lalitpur rock scene in mid 90s even before they started churning out big hits like "Mayalule" and other tunes. But the release of their debut album established them as a household name in Nepali music. Their compositions which includes lyrics on patriotism, self pride as a Nepali and love and unity amongst Nepali people are big hits in Nepali pop culture. They have come up with songs that has helped the nation unite and express the mutual feelings at times of big changes in country as in the form of political and other big events. The songs can be melodic but at the same time very dark with the lyrics and message it carries. The music covers various genres like heavy metal, hard rock, blues, reggae and funk/soul.

Post Phiroj 1974AD (2008–2012)[edit]

While Manose Singh continues to contribute to the bands newer compositions, given his other musical commitment, Phiroj Shyangden has now exited the band for personal reasons. Not surprisingly, many fans feel a loss, some more than others, in the sound and image of the band. But the band, now with Adrian on vocals and Sanjay on drums, continues to find newer sound. Their new album 8:18 (aath:athara) has been received well by the audience. Numbers like Timi Bina, Bardaan and Rain Song from the album emerged to become winner. However, exit of Phiroj Shyangnden, one of the key members of the band and also the most influential guitarist in Nepal was something that severely hit the band's latest album.

Back with Phiroj 1974AD (2012–present)[edit]

During their historic US tour of 2012, the band reunited with Phiroj for a few songs in their New York concert on April 21, 2012. After the successful reunion and with the help of the organizer, Karma Tenzing the band decided to collaborate again for their next show in Baltimore, scheduled 2 weeks after. Band members Nirakar and Sanjay stated in Nepali that Phiroj had "never left 1974 AD to begin with. He always was and still is a part of them". They confirmed to various media outlets that the band had reunited again. In the winter of 2012, Phiroj returned to Nepal and performed in more concerts at St. Xavier's and in various Nepalese cities with the band. The band even recorded a few songs for their next album. Phiroj is now back in New York and according to him, the album release would coincide with the band's 20th anniversary in 2014.

Awards[edit]

  • Hits FM Music Award 2000
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Sanmiguel Music Award 2000
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Hits FM Music Award 2002
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Hits FM Music Award 2004
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Image Award 2004
  • Best song with National feelings
  • Hits FM Music Award 2005
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Image Award 2005
  • Best Rock song
  • Kantipur FM Annual Award 2001,2002,2003 & 2004
  • Most air played song

Personnel[edit]

Manoj Kumar KC[edit]

Manoj Kumar KC (Nepali:मनोज कुमार केसी) is the band's main guitarist. He was awarded Best Music Arranger/Programmer 2006 in the Image Awards. Aside from his work for 1974 AD, he has arranged music for Nabin K Bhattarai, Nima Rumba, Sabin Rai, Adrian Pradhan, Phiroj Shyangden, Sugam Pokharel, Mausami Gurung and many more. [5]

Rohit John Chhetri[edit]

Rohit John Chhetri (Nepali: रोहित जोन क्षेत्री) is one of the band's main singers. He replaced 1974 AD vocalist Adrian Pradhan, after which the band released 1974AD's ninth album Hazaar Sapana.[6] Before 1974 AD, he was a solo singer. His first notable hit was Bistarai Bistarai in 2013[7] which became a successful Nepali song on YouTube with 2.5 million views.[8] His other hit songs are Timra Dui Aankha, Pani Paryo, Timi Nai, Sanani and a cover of Jason Mraz's Butterfly with Ashesh Kulung Rai using Nepali instruments.[9]

Discography[edit]

1996 - Time Out

1998 - Samjhi Baschu

2001 - Satabdi

2002 - Jungi Nishan

2002 - Limited Edition

2004 - Pinjada Ko Suga

2007 - On Air

2010 - Aath Athara

Aath Athara[edit]

Aath Athara
Aath Athara.jpeg
Studio album by 1974 AD
Released 2010 (2010)
Genre POP
Label Music Nepal
Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Timi Bina" 5:14
2. "Yaha" 3:58
3. "Aaja Kaha" 4:28
4. "Bardaan" 5:27
5. "Ma Ko Hoon" 5:37
6. "Rain Song" 3:39
7. "Chu Tadha" 4:32
8. "Bijayee Hau" 4:42

Time Out[edit]

Time Out
Time Out 1974 AD.jpeg
Studio album by 1974 AD
Released 1996 (1996)
Genre POP
Label Music Nepal
Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Mayalule" 4:20
2. "Timro Samjhana" 5:43
3. "G F Blues" 4:27
4. "Pot of Gold"  
5. "Hey!U'"  
6. "Nowhere to go"  

Samjhi Baschu[edit]

Samjhi Baschu
Samjhi Baschu.jpeg
Studio album by 1974 AD
Released 1998 (1998)
Genre POP
Label Music Nepal
Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Chaubandi choli" 4:13
2. "Samjhi Baschu" 5:30
3. "Eklo Chhu" 3:56
4. "Chhadain chha" 3:43
5. "Mayalule" 4:20
6. "Sixteen Bar Blues" 5:14
7. "Deurali Bhanjyang" 5:06
8. "Timilai Piratile" 5:16
9. "Jati Maya" 5:09
10. "Parelima" 3:52

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1974 AD :: The Official Website". Archived from the original on 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  2. ^ 1974 AD MP3 Songs, archived from the original on 2015-03-31 
  3. ^ Rai, Jessica (August 15, 2014). "1974 AD: 20 years of music". The Himalayan Times. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "1974 AD Rock Yatra-Nepali Times". archive.nepalitimes.com. Retrieved 2018-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  6. ^ "Living The Dream: Rohit John Chettri". TNM. Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  7. ^ "5 things about Rohit John Chettri". My Republica. Archived from the original on 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  8. ^ "Rohit John Chettri : Bistarai Official Video HD". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  9. ^ "Rohit John Chettri". www.nepalisongchord.com. Archived from the original on 2017-01-23. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 

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