Ebe Dancel, Noel Cabangon, and more launch songwriting festival for northern Luzon artists
October 16, 2021 | 5:50 p.m.
MANILA, Philippines – AmiananPop Music Inc. has officially launched the first edition of its songwriting festival which will take place online on December 4, 2021.
The festival aims to promote understanding of the culture and identity of northern Luzon through contemporary music.
Inspired by its contemporary colleagues, Visayan Pop Music Festival (Vispop) and Mindanao Popular Music Festival (MinPop), the newly formed institution shines a light on a new generation of composers, performers, musicians and producers representing the Ilocos, the Cordillera and Cagayan region, as well as some non-Tagalog speaking areas in central Luzon.
Through the AmiananPop Songwriting Festival 2021, artists from the North are encouraged to write, record and produce songs in their own language in order to showcase their individuality and demystify misconceptions about non-Manilene Filipino cultures.
“Each language and / or dialect is unique, as are the stories and nuances that accompany it, and that is why it is the ultimate goal of the movement, to create a community of storytellers who will represent the NOW generation of singers of the North. / Songwriters, ”said Davey Langit, co-founder and president of AmiananPop.
The annual competition is committed to bringing modern regional pop music to the forefront of mainstream consciousness by ensuring that songs are well produced and can compete globally.
“All of the finalists have perfectly written and arranged songs, and the melodies are excellent. How to bridge the gap? We make sure that the songs are well produced, so that when people unfamiliar with the language hear them, they are encouraged to seek the translation of all the songs, ”said Ebe Dancel, co-founder and president.
Going all out for its first edition, AmiananPop aims to secure its place on the Philippine music map with its insistence on subverting old practices and embracing new forms of musical creation on par with the professional level in highly urbanized areas. such as Metro Manila. . Using the slogan Sikamimet !, which is an Ilocano word for ‘it’s our turn’, the regional songwriting event wishes to start a new musical movement in northern Luzon that turns the resounding war cry into a marker of war. ‘an evolving and dynamically growing scene.
“We have to highlight it and show people that we have an evolving culture, especially in music,” explained co-founder and board member Noel Cabangon, explained the basis of the vision of ‘AmiananPop.
“The songs we know are already traditional songs. What about the stories and songs of the new generation? This is how important cultural evolution is. Dapat will develop the panahon ang kultura, ”he added.
AmiananPop Songwriting Festival 2021 is the first project of AmiananPop Music Inc., a non-profit and non-profit organization that aims to champion the beauty and diversity of contemporary pop music in northern Luzon and its outlying regions.
The artists from North Luzon who impressed the judges in the preliminary rounds are:
- Angélique Mateo, “SUNGBAT”
- Harold Lumandaz, “URAYEN KA”
- Jomabel Trapse, “BISIKLETA”
- Fernan Castro Estrada (Composer) & Melchor Orpilla (Lyricist), “LAINËNG ONAN ARO”
- Ryan Madrid (Composer) & Kimberly Collado (Lyricist), “PUDNO NGA AYAT”
- Ruth Lee Resuello, “AGKA MAPAGA”
- Ruth Lee Resuello, “ANTO KASI NGARAN TU MAN”
- Rivah-Anne Singson & Remedios Singson, “NAPACURUG NGA AYA”
- Gumayagay red, “ARAPAAP”
- Patrick Visto, “LABORATORY HISTORY”