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.