Philippine Music


From what people know about Philippine music, in reality the country has a rich musical geniuses and talents that are recognize in the global field. In spite of the flourishing influences of the high-tech music that is produce in this day and age, the Filipino people kept their own music roots in the schools and family.
The Philippine music is a fusion of American, European and their home-grown indigenous sounds. Much of its music has been inspired by the 333 long years of colonial legacies – Indo-Malayan Gamelan music, indigenous Austronesian population, Western rock and roll, pop music and hip hop from America, and of course there’s Spain.


Indigenous styles:

    Southern Genres    
    Kulintang is a refine musical selection which uses instruments like bossed gongs. This is popular in Sulu Archipelago and in the island of Mindanao. Among the natives, its music works as their means of hospitality and entertainment, used in festivals, weddings, entertain visiting dignitaries, coronation, accompany healing ceremonies and also to send off those from pilgrims. It also serves as a kind of communication. Since Maguindanao can translate the music into their very own language. They can then convey messages through their instruments even in long distances. Gandingan which is commonly known as apad by the Maguindanao is their personal choice of instrument used in sending off messages – to forewarn other of the imminent danger or in sending a love message to their special someone.    
    Sindil is a musical cheerful style sung by a duo of both sexes. This is common among the Tausog tribe. The instruments use are biyula )the traditional violin) and gabbang xylophone. It is usually used during festive events and weddings.    
    Northern Genres    
    The music of the natives in the Northern island of Luzon are played using Gangsa. The music is percussion based which is regularly played to supplement dancing.    

Hispanic Musical Styles

    Harana – it comes from Spain’s folk music and Mexico’s Mariachi sounds. This is used as a conventional form courtship music where a man would woo a woman by serenading her beneath her window. The instrument used is guitar or other string instruments like violen, ukulele and trumphets.    
    Kundiman- is a lyrical song. Its lyrics represent a romantic love.    

Filipino Rock Music

    Filipino Rock started in the 1950s, Filipino singers wrote tagalong lyrics for rock n’ roll North American music. Then shortly, Filipino rock musicians added some influences like folk music. And then Filipino rock progressed and include some hard rock and heavy metal on it.    

OPM (Original Pilipino Music)

    It is referred as Filipino pop in ballad type. But as of today, OPM refers to any kind of Original Philippine Music formed in the country or composed by Filipinos. The lyrics use may be of any language.    

Filipino Hip Hop & RnB

    Filipino Hip hop started on 1980s and became a mainstream with the debut album of Francis Magalona’s Yo! that includes the patriotic hit of “Mga Kababayan” (My Countrymen) and his rap-ballad of “Cold Summer Nights”. He leads the way in this genre and became a big name as a consequence.    
    At present, the country is possibly the Asia’s most vibrant music-obsessed country and where Filipinos are recognized as excellent musicians internationally. This is because of their great devotion and intense affection for music.    

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