I’ll start with Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad concert, #Mandiriwa2017 this time around. Had some hiatus from writing for some reason. I think it’s practically normal for people like me who feels tired at work and has no aptitude to write and generate new content. Now, I’m trying again.
I should be proud to show up and share with you this engaging concert by a music hero whose music saved his life. Joey Ayala with his band Ang Bagong Lumad just performed at the Music Museum for the first time in 25 years. “Mandiriwa: Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad (The Concert)” is presented by Vandals Entertainment and Gabi Na Naman Productions.
Popularly known for his environmental ethnic folk genre, the legendary singer-songwriter proves his music is still relevant, insightful and ceaseless in giving us hope while encompassing many different styles.
His faithful admirers jam-packed the venue to listen a concert with distinct Filipino sound and to watch the interaction of instruments ranging from traditional kulintang ensemble (a row of small, horizontally-laid gongs that function melodically, accompanied by larger, suspended gongs and drums) to hegalong (a two-stringed lute also known as kudyapi) merged with modern instrumentation of drums, bass and guitar. It’s a fusion of contemporary and indigenous musical orchestration.
Joey Ayala’s perceptive and humorous socio-political commentary is also impressive, youthful and relatable. He is the Mandiriwa, a warrior of truth through the power of his diverse thoughts and artistic words.
Loisa Andalio, Daryl Ong and Jaya are pop performers representing three generation of voices who recently held shows at the most iconic concert venue in town, singing their own brand of music and celebrating life achievements with their respective supporters.
Spanning Three Generations
Loisa, the youngest among them marks her 18th birthday with her first ever concert; while Daryl stages “Daryl sONGs,” a one-night musical concert singing a mix of his original hits and covers; and pop icon Jaya showcases her distinctive singing voice and accomplishments in the music industry with her concert “No Boundaries.”
Putting them together in one blog post is a challenge. Each artist and performances have unique characteristics, I just focused on the experience, dynamics and little discoveries.
There is no doubt that they’ve rocked their own shows. Coupled with remarkable contemporary artistry, they also inspired each and every individual who came and watched their shows to continue to believe in Filipino talents and simultaneously impact everyone regardless of age and generations.
Loisa, Daryl and Jaya represented three generation of artists, honing their unique sound in the process while basking into a fascinating journey of music-making for the love of their fans and artistry. Together, they’ve shared their love for music in one live music stage.