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Filipino DJs from North America and other parts of the world have come together to use their musical talents to raise relief funds for those hit hard by recent calamities in the homeland. Rommel Conclara brings us this report.
ABS-CBN is branching out to the new generations of Filipino Americans and Canadians through two initiatives aiming to put a spotlight on artists, influencers, and leaders from throughout the diaspora. Rommel Conclara tells us more about myx and Kollective Hustle in this story.
Eric Bellinger collaborated with Inigo Pascual, Sam Concepcion, Vince Nantes & Moophs of the Philippines & @zee.avi of #Malaysia for their new song #Rise to uplift & inspire rising above the tides amidst social injustice, press freedom & the pandemic. Watch the music video below at youtube.com/tarsierrecords.
#Rise is out in Asia but will release at 12A for the rest of the world alongside powerful music video. 🎶 International collaboration for a bigger purpose. Thank you @niemanjohnson@jimsontamano for helping make this collaboration happen. ❤️🌍🌏🌎
While the world battles one of the toughest years in recent memory, independent record label from Manila, Tarsier Records, engineers a historic global collaboration between Grammy award-winning songwriter & hip-hop artist Eric Bellinger, Filipino singer-songwriter and massive popstars Inigo Pascual & Sam Concepcion, Malaysia’s pride Zee Avi, Manila-based DJ/producer Moophs and BTS’ “Black Swan” co-composer, Vince Nantes.
“RISE” is a pop-R&B, cross-cultural message of hope and a chant to rise above the tides of today, and to keep the faith at the dawn of a new world that we’ll face together.
Collaboration with a purpose
“I wanted to make a multi-artist, hope-themed track, kinda like The Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love” feat. The World in 2016 to address the uncertainty people were feeling, and to give them a multi-cultural example of people coming together to rise above adversity. No matter what or where the problem is, we’ll face it together as humans.”, producer Moophs on what sparked the fuel behind the project.
Key figure in the message behind the song is LA-based singer-songwriter, Vince Nantes, who observed that uncertainties of the times brought by the pandemic, political differences, and
various protests took a toll on humanity, and shared that he wanted to create something people could hold on to in these trying times.
“It’s a hard adjustment. From the pandemic, to protests, to political differences, to unfair treatment of one another as human beings, itʼs a lot for all of us to digest. A lot harder to find solutions everyone can agree on, even though we pray every day for them to be that simple. Even though I am just a small part of a very big world, I believe everyone needs a little bit of light during some dark times. I wanted to give people something they can enjoy, yet emotionally connect to and believe in”, Vince Nantes shares.
A universal message
“RISE” calls on a broad audience to keep on rising, no matter who or where you are.
“Doing it with artists from different parts of the world, and coming together through music and sharing one goal, sharing one message, is something that you don’t always get to do everyday, as a singer. Music is a universal language and the message of the song talks about hope, unity, and pushing forward, going through adversity and overcoming. I think that resonates with all of us across countries, across cultures. I think this is really something that could bring people together.”, said Philippine pop icon and multimedia star, Sam Concepcion on what the project means to him.
“Bitter Heart” hitmaker and Malaysian pride Zee Avi simply finds the project to be rewarding. “The song in itself is a very hopeful, uplifting song, which I think is much needed right now especially in our current climate, and where we are now as people – the whole human race. “Rise” is such a simple word, yet it’s something that we need to keep reminding ourselves of, to “rise.”.
“RISE” out now on all digital streaming platforms on September 18, the official music video will be releases on 9/19.
Fundraising single to drop on all streaming platforms on September 11
DALY CITY, September 4, 2020 – ABS-CBN Music International (AMI), the music label introducing the exceptional artistry of Filipinos to global audiences, will release its groundbreaking single “Heal” on September 11. The Southeast Asian collaboration track features an all-female lineup of stellar artists from the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
This is the first time in Southeast Asia for a collaboration of this magnitude and the women were honored to participate for the great cause.
Singapore’s Haneri shares that she felt an overwhelming sense of comfort hearing her fellow female musicians from South East Asia come together in song. “I feel very privileged and honored to be a part of this collaboration,” she adds.
Music for Good
These hand-selected 14 artists deliver a message of hope for Heal. The song was composed by ABS-CBN Music Creative Director Jonathan Manalo, Tarsier Records Founder and Producer Moophs, and Alex Godinez aka Xela. Manalo was also over-all producer for the track.
Songwriter/artist Xela says that she wrote the song to describe getting through the world’s present harsh realities. She also hopes that “this song touches your hearts and gives you moments of peace and allows you to breathe a little and feel empowered by hope.”
KZ Tandingan points out that Heal “represents unity of people and artists despite the situation we are all in. It promotes love, understanding, and healing.”
“Being able to work with other Southeast Asian artists to spread positivity through music makes this a very heartwarming project that I really wanted to participate in and represent Singapore for,” says Haven, the youngest among the artists.
The collaboration is also a #StreamToDonate project, with all artists donating their share of fees and royalties to ABS-CBN’s “Pantawid ng Pag-ibig” (Bridge of Love) fund-raising program which aims to provide relief to Filipinos who have lost their sources of livelihood due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heal is just one of ABS-CBN Music International’s endeavors, which aims to introduce the brilliance of Filipinos to global audiences and to bring in international talents and music to the Philippines.
Find inspiration and courage by listening to Heal. Pre-save the song here before it drops on various digital streaming platforms on Friday, September 11. For updates, like Star Music on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starmusicph) and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).
About the All-Female Artists of Heal
From the Philippines
Jayda is setting her mark in the Philippine music industry when she nabbed ‘Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist’ in 2019 from the Awit Awards, the biggest award giving body for music in the Asian country.
Jona started her career when she became the first grand winner singing competition Pinoy Pop Superstar. She has performed several official soundtracks to different TV shows and movies and has won awards from several award giving bodies in the Philippines.
Kyla is known as the Philippines’ “Queen of R&B.” Her work has earned numerous awards from local and international award giving bodies. She is also honored by the Philippines Society of Composers, Singers, and Publishers as one of the first pioneers of R&B music in the country.
KZ Tandingan is an award-winning soul and urban singer-songwriter-rapper who was the champion of the first season of The X Factor Philippines in 2012. She joined the Chinese Television competition Singer 2018, where she competed against some of the world’s best singers.
Lesha is an electropop artist, singer, songwriter, and producer based in Manila.
She composes, arranges, and produces all her original songs and has collaborated with multiple international music producers from the U.S., U.K., Germany, India, Nepal, and Africa.
Moira Dela Torre is one of the most popular and in-demand artists who is dominating her generation’s music scene. This singer-songwriter has over 400 million streams on Spotify alone.
Xela is a singer/songwriter, dancer, vocal producer, actress, yoga instructor, advanced open water scuba diver, and environmentalist. She has a Broadway World Award tucked under her belt.
R&B singer Rinni Wulandari won Indonesian Idol 2007, the youngest participant to ever win at the time. She was only 17 years old. In 2014, she transformed from being a pop singer to performing R&B songs.
Yura Yunita is a singer-songwriter who won in Anugerah Musik Indonesia two years in a row. She was Best Pop Female Singer and Best Pop Songwriter in 2017, and Best Female Solo Singer in 2018. In Global Asia 2019, Yura is one of Indonesia’s 99
Most Inspiring Women.
DOLLA is a girl group from Kuala Lumpur formed in 2019. DOLLA is made of Sabronzo, Tabby, Syasya, and Angel. The girls’ ability to sing, dance, and perform caught the eye of Universal Music Malaysia and they signed to the label in September 2019.
Shalma Eliana is a pop singer who has performed at several live events, including Sunway City’s 2019 New Year’s Celebration and KLCC’s 2020 New Year’s Countdown. She is also a beauty and lifestyle influencer, and has worked with brands like Samsung, Sunsilk, Sephora, and Nestle.
Haneri entered the scene in 2017 with her single “Burning Up.” The Australian/Singaporean singer-songwriter has worked with artists such as Charlie Puth, Kehlani, Josh Groban, Amber and Luna from f(x) (South Korea) and MacKenzie Bourg (American Idol), to name a few.
16-year old Haven is a multi-lingual performer, singer-songwriter, and actress from Singapore.
Valentina Ploy is a Thai-Italian female singer-songwriter and is the newest face of What the Duck Music label, based in Bangkok. She started her music journey at the age of seven, writing songs in her own diary and playing violin and guitar.
The historic event at the Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center was produced by Roslynn Alba Cobarrubias & the myx Team.
by Anne Bassett September 2, 2020
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