Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter David Pomeranz is back in Manila for a 2-night concert at Teatrino’s intimate venue, and shared his timeless songs and unpretentious personality to his supporters. I’m pleased seeing his audience with a genuine love for an artist such as David Pomeranz. I love his good humor and distinctive timbre.
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.
The 90s iconic band of brothers from Canada The Moffatts toured across Southeast Asia — Scott (guitars/vocals), Clint (bass/vocals) and Bob Moffatt (drums) — played their Farewell Tour concert at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum recently. Who wouldn’t forget the coolest photo pit experience where we had the chance to get those Moffatts perfect shots.
Meanwhile, a completely different version of Dave Moffatt (keyboards/vocals) and thrilling one-man show staged at the Music Museum recently after his absence from The Moffatts Farewell Tour in Manila.
“In February my brothers were here. I can’t make it honestly obviously, I have prior commitments but I’m here now,” opens Dave at the concert. It makes sense how pop/rock nostalgia is in full swing again.
It has always been about breaking boundaries that until today, The Moffatts remains the biggest selling international band of all time.
Just like Scott, Clint, and Bob, Dave is happy to be back for the first time in 16 years as he enjoys a month-long concert promotion. He’s been busy using his free time exploring the country and experiencing the Filipino culture first hand.
Fil-Am acoustic singer-songwriter Gabe Bondoc has finally performed in Manila for the first time ever. The demand for tickets led him and organizers (MAS Presents and Sovereign Hill Records) to open a second date performance, in which both are sold-out! He was accompanied by X Factor Australia star Calvin Orosa alongside local artists like Keiko Necesario, Justin Vasquez, Blessie Pica and FMD Extreme. Filipino fans were mesmerized and overwhelmed with Gabe’s presence. Screaming was all over the venue and I think they’re one of the best crowds ever! Gabe and the fans’ music connection over the years were truly impressive and notable. Continue reading →