From the heartwarming balcony concerts in countries such as Italy and Spain, the poignant Eraserheads-decorated music video tribute to the frontliners by the Department of Tourism, live-streamed concerts (a long list of schedules courtesy of Billboard!) and specials by Spotify, communities from around the world are turning to music to heal, empower, and inspire. Music, among other forms of art, has the option of being celebrated even in social distancing days like these. Bicol’s Burabod Musika is no stranger to such moving initiatives.
The regional songwriting camp recently ended its first camp this year with fellows from all over the region. It ended almost around the same time the Covid-19 news broke out globally–and giving back through original Bikolano music completely makes sense.
With the brightest fellows of the camp on board with the idea (with the hashtags #BurabodMusika #ARTchipelago and #PagtarabanganTa), it’s a comely series of songs on hope, light and love. Here’s a list of what we have online so far (and stay tuned for more!).
Ryan Cayabyab and ADNU Choir, "Prayer Of St. Francis"
Trykz Mangente's 'Frontliners'
Frederick San Andres' "Damayan"
Lyndon Salcedo/Rico Aballa's "An Gusto Ko Minsan" and Jian Salcedo's "Kalabang Hindi Nakikita"
Lyndon Salcedo is a faculty member at the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture and heads their university choir group. In the second video, his son Jian Salcedo performs an original composition.