Sunday evening, Fabrice VANAGAR heard the doorbell and he went to the
door wondering: “Who the hell is coming to spoil my Sunday?” On the
doorstep, he met a young woman who looked determined.
“Hi, I heard your band was looking for a singer.”
“Hi, if it’s about music, ok, you can come in…”
A few days later, this evening’s visitor had overcome the audition stage and was actually performing. The other musicians were happy to have her , the first encounter had proven more than lucky.
Céreyna was hired!
However, we were still very far away from NAGAKANAYA; so she had to be patient singing lyrics which she had not written and he had to keep on playing music which only partly belonged to him.
Quite soon, secretly, those two realised they had much in common: the same musical culture, drama, literature, ecology, sports, travelling, arts, history… Those long cultural conversations took place after each weekly rehearsal and lasted three years. No boredom in sight.
One evening, in the living room filled with books, records and mugs of tea, Céreyna asked about the bronze statue which stood on top of the piano and represented a woman with wings and a snake’s tail.
“It’s an Asian muse I brought back from Nepal and she’s called Nagakanaya.”
“Nice name and what is she supposed to do?”
“She’s supposed to protect one’s home while she’s flying above it playing the flute.”
“Her name would be great for a band’s name!”
The opportunity to use this name came fast because Céreyna’s lyrics inspired by Fabrice’s unique tunes did not match the rest of the band’s music and the group gradually split up. So our heroes started to write their first songs on their own after finding a home studio. They tested them under different names in cabarets, small concerts and other musical places in Paris…
A producer was interested in them and they signed on for their first single which is no longer available…
They waited until the tone they were seeking was perfect to use officially NAGAKANAYA’s name and its logo in 1996.
They now had a “rock” programme they knew well and decided to move to RENNES (first rock town in France at that time) and hired two other singers, a bass guitarist and a drum player.
Naga’s strength is due to its style and tunes that evolve and can be listened to by all, to the choice of its topics and, on stage, to its power to seduce the crowd with optimistic lyrics, an original visual show and a strong contact with audience.
After several autoproductions and many concerts in France and in Quebec, Canada, they are proud to remain independent and always try to achieve their aim: that is to put on a colourful show for more and more fans…
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