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Album-Shillong:

1. Love You
2. The Price
3. If You Were My Guitar
4. I Am
5. My Baby
6. Do You
7. St. Valentine's Day Blues
8. Shillong (Sier Lapalang)
9. If You See My Baby
10. Blues Is My Soulmate

Album-Moving On:

1.Peace Prayer
2. Moving On
3. Set me free
4. Your Sweet Loving
5. Remembering Rory
6. Come 'Round My House
7. Cup Of Tea
8. Smile At Me
9. She Is
10. Kool Kat Strut
11. Stay Away
12. Peace Prayer (Reprise)

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SOULMATE Inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues,Blues-rock,Soul,Rock ‘n Roll, Funk and R&B,SOULMATE came together in Shillong,in February 2003 playing their first concert at the ‘Roots Festival at the Water Sports Complex in Umiam. Since then the band has performed many concerts all over The Northeast as well as in different parts of India. They have also performed at the International Jazzmandu Festival in Kathmandu for two consecutive years..2004 and 2005.

Anyone with an interest in the western music scene in India will recognize singer/songwriter Rudy Wallang, who leads this tight knit musical unit. Born into music, he grew up listening to his father Toto Wallang making music and he started singing and playing the ukulele at a very tender age eventually graduating to the guitar. Today, Rudy is one of the foremost singer / songwriter / blues guitar players in the country with a long musical history having been part of the well known blues rock acts, Great Society & Mojo

The beautiful and talented vocalist and rhythm guitarist of SOULMATE is Tipriti ‘Tips’ Kharbangar who has earned a name as one of the finest female singers to have emerged out of Shillong and India as a whole! If there is one thing Tip’s is happy doing it is singing and reflecting this, she vocalizes with a joy and exuberance that is unmatched and original. She started out singing gospel songs at the local church choir and is now drawn to the Blues, Soul, Jazz and listens to Aretha Franklin, Billy Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Nina Simone and B.B.King,Van Morrison, Jimmy Hall, Susan Tedeschi.

Soulmate has performed over 500 concerts all over the country and abroad. When on the road, they avail of the services of session musicians like Sam Shullai,Ferdy Dkhar,Momo,Ambar Das, Shawn Nongrum,Shaun Nonghulo,Adhiraj Mustafi,Claude Abranches and Leon Wallang.

When often asked by people, why they chose the Blues…their answer has been…”we didn’t choose the Blues…..the Blues chose us”! Soulmate would like to use their talent not only to entertain, but also to help society in whatever way they can. Their influences range from Toto Wallang,Sheila Wallang,The Beatles, Elvis Presley,Albert Collins, Buddy Guy,Jimi Hendrix, Roy Buchanan,George Harrison, Albert King,B.B King,Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin to Van Morrison, Etta James, Susan Tedeschi,Johnny ‘GUITAR’ Watson, Rory Gallagher, Hank Marvin, Bob Dylan, Jack Pearson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Jeff Beck,Allman Brothers, Jimmy Hall, Frank Zappa,Willie Dixon, Rory Block, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green,Mojo,The Great Society!!

Rudy and Tips are endorsers for Greg Bennett Guitars.