Top Pinoy singers to record ‘calamity’ song

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Philpop MusicFest Foundation Executive Director Ryan Cayabyab in cooperation with Universal Records is securing the commitment of renowned local singers to record a song relating to the recent super-typhoon “Yolanda” and the Bohol earthquake.

The song can be downloaded from select websites with the proceeds going to the Philippine disaster fund.

Like “We Are The World” – the benefit song recorded in the ‘80s for Africa then revived a few years ago for Haiti – the still unnamed song may have select Universal Record, MCA Music, Warner Music and Viva Records artists doing a line or two each. The lyrics will be sung in different Philippine dialects. The Loboc Children’s Choir is confirmed to join.

“Ang hinihingi lang namin sa bawat singer ay isang line. Sa sobrang dami ng gustong sumali, hindi naman puwedeng ilagay or pagbigyan ang lahat na makapagisang line…”

He pointed out how artists can help those in need.

“Karamihan sa aming mga artists, wala kaming as much money (as others). Kasi siyempre ang gigs namin, hanggang dun lang ang gig. So the best way we can do and contribute is, one, to perform to play music, to raise funds from music. Number two, to help raise the spirit of everyone, the giver and the receiver so ito yung effect ng music. Number three, is through the concerts and the event, we are able to make known the plight of the people who’ve been devastated (by the calamities).”


Philpop 2014

Now on its third year, Philpop once again aims to further enrich the OPM catalogue by discovering songs that reflect the mood and taste of the times.

Recall that last year, hiphop/R&B tune “Dati” won the top plum. Prior, “Bawat Hakbang” nabbed the title. Both were by young songwriters.

“Pero nakakatuwa rin na makakahanap ka rin ng mga awitin na classic ang dating. Meaning yung mga magagandang ballads na halos katulad sa kundiman. Hindi natin maiaalis yun dahil mga Pilipino tayo na very sentimental ang preference ng music,” Cayabyab said.

As before, he advises Pinoy songwriters here and from around the world to submit good songs that have “clear” meaning of high recording quality.

“Malilinaw meaning kuha na agad ng listener yung ibig sabihin ng composer sa mga first 30 seconds to first minute pa lang ng kanta. At hindi naman kailangang professaional yung singer na inyong ilalagay sa recording – kahit kayo – at hindi din kailangang pumunta sa isang recording studio para sabihing malinaw dahil maraming nakaka pasok na mga entries na ang kanilang recording ay sa bahay lang. Basta maganda ang tunog.”

They will accept entries for three and a half months – from Nov. 15, 2013 till Feb. 28, 2014 on its website, www.philpop.com.ph, where contest rules are available. Manila Bulletin

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