Allow me to take a blog moment to visit my motherland, Philippines. There’s no time that I visit my homeland without checking out music gigs.
The best one for me is Up Dharma Down. I remember how I Indian-sat in front of the stage looking up and just being in awe on how eargasmic they are. Up Dharma Down is THE Philippine band with the most definitive quality of being globally recognized.
Coincidentally, I came across a nicely uploaded video of an online buddy of mine, purpleheadd. She’s on my blogroll. Here’s a song with minimal lyrics but grand in delivery, “Blessed”.
Moving on, I love the energy that Bamboo exerts in concert. He moves like a bee in flight jumping and hopping around the whole stage. His battery didn’t run down ’til the end. The closing suprise fireworks was explosive, and was fun to see.
Sadly, Bamboo took on a solo flight and the group is now disbanded.
Speaking of which, I had the chance to see Sugarfree perform live before they got disbanded.
I was really sadden when I heard the news. To me, it felt like a death of the whole OPM (Original Pilipino Music), which is also unfortunate to say that it is what likely is currently happening. I’m optimistic though. I believe that Sugarfree was the band initiated the second band break-out of our music history. I think that there will be another band like Sugarfree who will rise up and make the scene lively again.
On the same token, Sugarfree shared the stage that night in SaGuijo Cafe with Itchyworms.
They are not disbanded. Band member, Jugs [middle in the picture], however, is now hosting a dance contest show called “Showtime”. Itchyworm is an all-member vocals/instruments ensemble.
On lighter notes, these are two more of comedic bands of the Philippines. Parokya ni Edgar and Kamikazee …
What I love about Parokya ni Edgar is they really are THE people’s band. They are just cool. They make it feel like they’re just hanging out, playing song and the audience are invited to listen or join in.
This band is sprightly energetic as well. The vocalist, Jay Contreras, is such a character. He does all kinds of thing onstage. More so than any other bands I must note. He dances, does comedic skits, sprinkles water all over his body, flirts, acts, fixes his hair, and all at the same, perform their songs.
I should say, I caught them the first month I moved here in Oxnard. The event was unexpectedly just more or so 5 mintues away from where I lived. They shared the concert with the lovely, gorgeous, sexy, intelligent singer-songwriter Kitchie Nadal.
She’s so tiny. She’s sweet too. She invited a little girl in front of the stage to sing with her.
I’ll leave you with this song by our poet musician, Dong Abay. Note: It’s in Tagalog.
Also seen: Paramita, Jeepney Joyride, Matilda, Join The Club, Spongecola (I hate their gig!!!), Featured Photo is Pupil with Ely Buendia as the vocalist
So, who are your favorite pinoy musicians? Who are the active bands/artists in the Philippine music scene of today?