A music band in Kashmir Valley, The Rhyme Machines, comprising six youngsters has taken the hip hop and rap music way to help create awareness among youth in the state against the prevalent social evils like rape, poverty, drugs.
The group of friends -- including a girl and a member as young as 15 -- has come together to form The Rhyme Machines and has chosen hip-hop and rap to give vent to their emotions and create awareness against social evils through music. The band has recently launched its music album Anecdote EP which has struck a chord with the young listeners.
The album raises the issue of many social evils prevalent in the society and seeks to highlight those to bring awareness among the people. “We have raised the issue of many social evils, which are emerging or are prevalent in the society, like eve-teasing, drugs, rapes, poverty and ban on Hijab at some places in the Valley,” said Aamir Ame (22), a member of the band.
One of the seven songs in the album calls upon people to unite to fight the social evils. “The biggest problem in Kashmir is the lack of unity. The song calls upon the people to unite and take a stand for the motherland. We want to inspire people as we think we can only fight the evils if we are united,” Aamir, who sold his laptop for realising his dream of creating the album, said.
The album has another song completely focusing on poverty with an aim to highlight the plight poor people who cannot even afford their treatment and another one raises the critical issue of unemployment.
“Through music, we want to highlight the problems faced by poor people so that the government helps them by coming out with schemes for the poor. Our album also highlights the helplessness of many cancer patients, even as there are government funds which could help them,” Aamir, battling personal trauma after his father was diagnosed with the disease, said.