Finally! The Launch Of Maruja Radio!
First on the playlist is "Playground" by Cardinal Zen. This Filipino chill-out musician used to compose & make downtempo tracks after a long day at the office and consider it as meditation. His free tracks (available at music.downloads.com) are so numbing if you ask me. This guy really has talent. Asked if he wanted to sign for a record label, he said, "Yes, of course! That'd be okay as long as they don't violate my rights." I do wish him the best of luck.
Next on maruja radio is the theme song of a hit fantasy TV series "Etheria." It is the prequel/ sequel of an even bigger TV hit Encantadia." Known ethnic singer Bayang Barrios gave out her haunting, Enya-esque rendition, using lyrics that only the people of Etheria (and its viewers) can understand. You can't help but be enthralled by the music, never mind if you don't understand what the singer is saying.
Another Pinoy underground DJ, Makkina is one of the original raggamuffin & junglehead of the Philippine electronic music scene. He's been patronizing and promoting jungle and drum & bass since 1999. I downloaded his free track "Cold Fusion" out of curiosity. It sound good. I do hope that the efforts of these Filipino DJs get recognized amidst the flood of rock and novelty (popular genres in Las Islas Filipinas).
I know that my last track for this issue of maruja radio may be a bit kitsch, but you gotta admit that this girl has talent. Filipinos remember Yasmien Kurdi as the over-confident runner-up of the first season of celebrity search StarStruck (I didn't even like her at that time). But when she released her debut album, people changed their minds at the instant they heard her tracks. Hmmm...maybe she was right when she insisted that she deserved to win that reality-based contest. Her songs, mostly in English, are cute and pleasing to hear. The title track, In The Name Of Love, became the local theme song of popular Taiwanese series "Frog Prince."
So sit back, relax, have a glass of lemongrass tea and listen to what the Philippine music sounds like. Happy lounging!