A music genre that started in Jamaica in the late 1960s is now making waves in General Santos’ local music scene. Aside from the popular reggae songs online, such as Rude from Magic, General Santos’s local musicians are starting to produce their reggae original Pinoy music.
If you are from General Santos, it’s a given fact that Kuerdas Band is arguably the top reggae band in the city and most probably in the entire region.
They have been continually producing songs online over the past year and more so during this pandemic.
Enter Wangzulubaba Band
In addition to the flourishing group of reggae musicians in the Philippines’ Tuna Capital, a new group of music makers in the same reggae community is now building a brand of their own.
Wangzulubaba was formed way back in 2016 by Gensan Pascua, also called Puloy by friends. The group first collaborated with Bem Orchestrator Productions and Gensan Artists back in March of 2019 and released their first single – Gugmang Biga.
Their first single is now at 14,000 views and climbing. The song translates to “love lust,” which isn’t real love. It talks about how many people play with fire in their relationship and only wants to have sex instead of a long term commitment.
Pag-ibig | Their Second Original Single
Following their first release almost a year later (due to pandemic and related reasons), the group is now introducing a brand new reggae love song entitled Pag-big.
Performed by the group with a guest singer named “Kiboy,” who is the cousin of the band’s founder and lead singer.
Wangzulubaba opted to release a song about love to remind everyone that love is still our refuge and weapon in life.
Knowing that the entire planet had a rough year back in 2020, the same hits it home by talking about how we can all work together and come together in love.
As I mentioned before, a song can start out as a lullaby and end up being a rock material.
Any song can have any genre or style of singing all thanks to your musical arranger.
The Music Arranger
Everything you’ve read so far is the technical aspect of an arranger’s job.
Think of your musical arranger as your house interior designer. An interior designer’s job is to make designs look pleasing to the eyes. Your musical arranger’s job is to make a song pleasing to the ears.
You can also learn more about the role of a music arranger from this article.
General Santos Philippines – talents from the city of Champions posted their original a cappella arrangement of Kilometro Sarah Geronimo. It is truly an amazing Acappella version of Sarah G’s Kilometro!
Last November 27, 2014, Philippine’s Princess of Popular Music released her song Kilometro in her album perfectly imperfect. Her album won the coveted award – ALBUM OF THE YEAR for the 28th Awit Awards held last December 9, 2015.
Amazing Acappella Version Kilometro Sarah Geronimo
The group’s name is Southern Rhapsodies. All of them are members of the General Santos Youth Choir. They are mostly seen performing for city events and festivals. Also worth mentioning, three of their members are winners and finalists of the General Santos City Pop Idol Program.
The man behind this arrangement is Fernan Globen Talonding a.k.a Bem of Bem Orchestrator Productions. He is a musical arranger from the southern part of the Philippines.
Support your local musicians because our top stars in radio and tv started as a local musician. Share this truly amazing acappella version of Sarah G’s Kilometro.
Gensan Singers Sing Beauty and the Beast. Gensan Pop Idol has been is the biggest singing competition in the city of General Santos. Sponsored by the local government and headed by the Youth Affairs Development Program.
Director Elmer D. Cequiña founded this singing competition. Since then, it has discovered many talented singers of the city. More importantly, it has brought talents in national and international competitions. It is a yearly summer singing competition under the GenSan Summer Youth Festival.
Jay Zuyco sings the part of Peabo Bryson. Lyka Estrella sings the part of Celine Dion. We based this arrangement from the original soundtrack. As a result, we now have this amazing version.
The Beautiful and The Ugly
It’s a story that defies conventional standards of attraction and relationship. A beautiful maiden falling in love with a hideous creature. A former prince cursed because of his attitude. Love is his only way out.
A 1991 animated musical film fantasy by Walt Disney based on a french fairy tale of the same name. Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont wrote the story. She was not credited in the english version but in the french version.
The Original Sountrack
Released on October 24, 1991, the song was a sensational hit until today. It defined the childhood of many. It also aired in many radio stations back in the day and now Hollywood has produced a new movie and a new version of the soundtrack.
Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson sang the original soundtrack. I personally liked it even until today. Both singers were at the peaked of their careers during the release of this hit.
In this cover, two (2) Gensan Singers sing Beauty and the Beast. Bem Orchestrator Productions Produced the Music Video. Music Production by Fernan Globen S. Talonding. You can subscribe to Gensan Artist to see more amazing videos like this.
They are considered to be the leading reggae band of South Cotabato – Kuerdas Gensan. The group has just released their newest single, Kaibigang Kaibigan by Kuerdas Gensan – Official Music Video. The song is about someone who dearly loves a friend but that friend could not love her back.
Kuerdas Gensan – Leading Reggae Band of South Cotabato
More or less 15 years of music making and advocating reggae music, Kuerdas Gensan is at a bright spot in their career. It didn’t come easy for the group though. Jayson Ugbaniel also known as “Angkol Onyok” the band leader, had it rough over the years. Looking for members to stay behind and actually be part of the team was a challenging task.
It was only recently that the group finally found the faces that stuck with the name Kuerdas Gensan.
Now, Kuerdas is a local icon when it comes to reggae music. If you happen to attend one of their performances, then you would know how well they can command their crowd to jam and dance with them. Their experience as stage performers shines through that their music connects with the audience in a way that no other local band can.
So, without a shadow of a doubt, this group is actually the leading reggae band of South Cotabato.
Kaibigang Kaibigan by Kuerdas Gensan
“Angkol Onyok” is not just the band leader but also the composer of most of the band’s music. It doesn’t come as a surprise anymore to know that he wrote this new work of art – Kaibigang Kaibigan
Music production involved the entire band in partnership with Bem Orchestrator Productions for the recording of the song Kaibigang Kaibigan by Kuerdas Gensan.
The video production was provided by Zoe Motion Pixel. Director of Photography and Video Editing by Eric Emit.
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