We knew Bartika Eam Rai only as a pageant winner who had won the Miss Nepal US competition in 2013; until January of 2016 when she released her first ever single called ‘Khai‘. It was only then when we found how what an amazing singer-songwriter she is. ‘Khai’ was one of the six songs from her debut album ‘Bimbakash‘.
After a little over two years, the New York based artiste is back with her second album titled ‘Taral’. Bartika is currently on her 5-city pre-release tour — four of which have already taken place in Boulder, Dallas, Washington and Boston – with only the New York concert left, scheduled on May 5th.
On Friday, Bartika released the first song off of the album. The music video for ‘Umer’ has been released on YouTube. “Umer is a song I wrote for Papaji, Eam (Kumar) Rai, who I lost when I was younger. Death is strange, loss is strange and we ignore the subject like it is either non-existent or that it is plainly unholy to talk about the dead. Through the years, there have been things I’d like to have shared first with him that has not been quite possible,” she describes the song. “Umer is my ‘coming of age update’ to my father. I had never imagined publicizing this fact so openly.”
Written, composed and performed by Bartika herself; the track is mastered and engineered by Diwas Gurung – who has also produced the music for the song. The emotional music video starring Surya Man Limbu and Diya Bomjan is produced by Fuzz Factory Productions.
This is a beautiful piece of work. Here.