Mandiriwa: Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad The Concert

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.

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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.

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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.

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‘I’m Drunk, I Love You’: The music in its story

Every so often we come across a Filipino film we can be proud of — something that’s rooted from natural portrayals; a story that balances an eclectic mix of fun, laughs, earnestness and lightheartedness; a raw and unsuperficial telling of love and the realities of relationships; a coming of age; and most of all a refreshingly nostalgic blend of old and new OPM music that permeates all throughout the narrative. This season’s most talked about independent film that is “I’m Drunk, I Love You.”I'm-Drunk-I-Love-You-OST-WEB

The soundtrack to the film brings a breath of fresh air amongst the infamous use of highly popular, old and new, OPM and American songs being repeatedly employed as theme songs and titles to mainstream films of our local cinema.

It makes one to think, how come our cinema can’t produce music that’s made and meant only for a particular film or series? Even Japanese animations have original music that’s attuned to its story and becomes its distinctive trademark.

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