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The rock music scene of Nepal originated with the arrival of hippies in the Kathmandu valley. The prime scene of Rock as well as Rock and Roll during those days used to be Jhochhen aka 'Freak Street' notorious for its marijuana and narcotics which attracted many a psychedelic rockers during the 70s. The first recorded Rock and Roll song of Nepal is "Diunlaa" by Kumar Basnet. The pioneers of Nepalese Rock scene were Mukti Shakya, Dev Rana (drummer) and various other singers and bands who emerged in the Freak Street scene in the Hippie era.

Metal era
With the advent of time, the rock scene in Nepal changed from the early rock and roll, Blues, rock to Punk and Metal. However, most of the bands that performed during metal era didn't produce many original songs and covered the songs of the West. Most notable of these bands are Wrathchild who were deeply influenced by Iron Maiden.

Present scenario
The present scene music of Nepal includes several popular rock and roll bands, including Nepathya (Folk Rock),The Shadows(Alternative Rock), Robin N Looza (Rock), Mukti and Revival (Blues Rock), and the long-running Cobweb. There has also been a surge in local rock/metal bands with the emergence of numerous bands like Nastik, X-mantra and Albatross and more recently Cruentus, Atomic Bush, Blood Blisters, HMG's Ministry of Rock, Vhumi, Arachnids, Night, Angel Dust, Cryptic Violence, Ushma Beg, Nekhvam and many others. An indie rock scene has also emerged, with punk bands like "Rai Ko Ris", with singer and bass player Sareena Rai, leading the way to a nascent DIY movement. Further more, an alternative rock band, VEDH has emerged.

Kathmandu and rock music
The Kathmandu valley is the musical center of Rock, Blues and Metal scene in Nepal. Many new Metal bands has emerged around in Kathmandu valley since the KtmRocks started. Most of these bands are highly influenced by the foreign metal. These bands play gigs from time to time in the underground scene.These days Jazz and Blues has been highly appreciated by the Nepali music lovers.Upstairs Ideas is promoting the Jazz scene in Nepal Along with Cadenza band And Nekhvam Rendezvous is promoting the Blues scene in Nepal along with the Nekhvam band. The rock, Blues, Jazz and metal scenes are evolving in Nepal with much improvement in quality and performance. Many bands emerged after the 20th century with genres like alternative, progressive, punk, etc. but most of the bands are unable to exist in the musical environment of Nepal.

The most prominent Rock artists/band in Nepal are 1974 AD, Nepathya, Mukti and Revival, Robin and the new revolution (Robin, from the band Robin and Looza), Looza (minus Robin) , The Shadows etc. New artists are emerging with the emergence of media.


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