Songe Nimasow and his friend Khandu Degio rap in the endangered Koro Aka language of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Recorded by Dr. K. David Harrison for the Enduring Voices Project with National Geographic. Listen to the original recording here on Youtube.
When acclaimed composer Amos Lee heard the original clip, he expressed interest in doing something with it. Here is the amazing result! Amos Lee is a renowned American songwriter and touring musician.
Most people of the tribal group known as the Aka of West Kameng and East Kameng districts of Arunachal Pradesh, India, speak a language called ʁuso, written Hruso. But there is also a small sub-tribe of about 800-1200 people that are locally known as the Koro-Aka, who speak an entirely separate language from the Hruso-Aka. Culturally part of the Aka tribe, the Koro Aka language is a separate and unique language of the Tibeto-Burman family, and not a dialect of the Hruso language (Anderson and Murmu 2010).