Kuerdas Gensan Band

Kuerdas band is the leading reggae band of General Santos and arguably in the entire Region 12 - South Cotabato. They are a strong advocate of both original Pinoy music and the reggae community. Every year they host the biggest Reggae gathering in Mindanao participated by local bands and different personalities across different cities and municipalities. The leader of the group is also the composer of most of their tracks and local hits - Jayson "Onyok" Ugbaniel. Most people call him "Angkol Onyok.

The group is composed initially of musically inclined members who are brothers, childhood friends, and a cousin. They all shared the same passion and love for music and the arts. They also shared the same dream; that one day they could make it big in the music scene.
Kuerdas members have a passion for music and the arts. They have honed their crafts by joining school ensembles. In the early ’90s, some of the members got exposed to reggae and ska music during the Millennium, and Tambolan Festivals held in Boracay respectively. It was during this time that the band met reggae music. Bob Marley, Big Mountain, UB 40 to name a few were the reggae artists that much motivated them to put up a reggae band.

 

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2017 - Present
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ACHIEVEMENTS
When acoustic invaded the music industry in the 1990s, Kuerdas was known to have played acoustic-reggae. They joined acoustic competitions which required original compositions as official entries. Fortunately, Kuerdas was declared the Champion and was able to front act for MYMP. Kuerdas also entered Battle of the Bands and won several titles and was able to front act for popular national bands/artists.
Kuerdas was able to share its gift of music and was able to introduce reggae music not only in SOCSKSARGEN area (South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani Province, General Santos City) but also to its neighboring cities and municipalities in Mindanao as well.
One of the many feats of Kuerdas was when it was contracted to accompany a musical, theatrical presentation entitled: “Silangan ng Hangin, Kanluran ng Buwan.” A joint undertaking of the Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges (Teatro Ambahanon and Spirit Drums) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Kuerdas was also invited to take part in the Musical Presentation held at Iloilo City together with “Layag Pagari” and the performing artists of Koronadal City, the Kahayag Group.
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Kuerdas was able to share its gift of music and was able to introduce reggae music not only in SOCSKSARGEN area (South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani Province, General Santos City) but also to its neighboring cities and municipalities in Mindanao as well.
One of the many feats of Kuerdas was when it was contracted to accompany a musical, theatrical presentation entitled: “Silangan ng Hangin, Kanluran ng Buwan.” A joint undertaking of the Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges (Teatro Ambahanon and Spirit Drums) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Kuerdas was also invited to take part in the Musical Presentation held at Iloilo City together with “Layag Pagari” and the performing artists of Koronadal City, the Kahayag Group.
Kuerdas immensely felt honored that an International Magazine “Expat Travel and Lifestyle Magazine recognized their music.” The group was featured as one of the bands who liven up the nightlife and making it possible for the party scenes pulsating with vibes in General Santos City and its neighboring areas.
Kuerdas was also nominated as BEST IN RAGGA MUSIC and BEST IN MINDANAOAN MUSIC during the MINDANAO MUSIC AWARDS 2007 (MDS) and was nominated again in 2008 at Davao City.

In February 2018, Kuerdas reached its 15- year anniversary. It also released its first self-produced album entitled “Bugsay Ta Bay.”

ADVOCACIES

Over the years, Kuerdas had organized events and continuously advocated for supporting local artists and the composition of original songs. It also hopes that an influential Musician’s Organization can be established to foster strong bonds and camaraderie between and among themselves and most especially to promote musician’s welfare to avoid talent exploitation. If realized, all musicians in the city will benefit from this endeavor.

LONGEVITY AT ITS FINEST
Fifteen (15) years down the track, Kuerdas had withstood the test of time. It hopes to be able to perform on a national scale and get recognized for its original music. Kuerdas has been in existence for more than a decade, and yet, it feels like there are still so many things to do. Hence, it will continue to produce original music and will strengthen its advocacies to promote the local music scene.

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