Saturday, October 17, 2020

kayumanggi Pinoy rock band

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the exploration of a Filipino identity

the all-Tagalog compositions of Kokoy Severino

photo by Kokoy Severino from the series "mga pulo ng panaginip"
("islands of dreams"), Philippines November 1996

kayumanggi Pinoy rock band is the manifestation of the exploration of a Filipino identity. The original all-Tagalog Pinoy rock compositions of Kokoy Severino express his meditations upon his culture of origin in the context of a global community of cultures, and explore issues such as the painful longing for the homeland, the political violence that permeates Philippine society, and the enigma of nationalism, inspired and informed by his travels in the Philippines and his work with persecuted communities. Described in Dirty Linen Folk and World Music Magazine (Baltimore MD) as "obliquely political and colorfully poetic." 

instrumentation: kubing, agong, kulintang, percussion, flute, saxophone, bass, guitars, vocals

discography: “nagsilipat ang lahat sa Amerika” e.p. fosforo records 2001 (“everyone has moved to America”), “dati” single kayumanggi Pinoy rock records 2003 (“since long ago”)

photo by Musika Publiko,
taken at Saguijo, Makati, Philippines July 3, 2019

all original Tagalog words, compositions and photos by Kokoy Severino - disciple, pilgrim, teacher, soccer coach

Links:

Official kayumanggi Pinoy rock band Soundcloud - live bootleg recordings and tracks from the e.p.

3rd Annual BRAVE Fest hosted by BRAVE Communities (October 17, 2020 kayumanggi Pinoy rock band at 2:51:37, featuring the fantastic Texas incarnation of kayumanggi Pinoy rock band - Joyce Day on flute and percussion, Bill Day on drums, Stiggs on bass)

Sigwa: A Cultural Night of Remembrance and Resistance (September 27, 2020 kayumanggi Pinoy rock band at 11:26, featuring the excellent Texas incarnation of kayumanggi Pinoy rock band - Joyce Day on flute and percussion, Bill Day on drums, Stiggs on bass)

Bayanihan Virtual Concert Series hosted by National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (June 14, 2020 kayumanggi Pinoy rock band at 40:19, featuring the excellent Texas incarnation of kayumanggi Pinoy rock band - Joyce Day on flute and percussion, Bill Day on drums, Stiggs on bass

Live at The Minokaua, Malate, Manila, Philippines (March 20, 2019 audience-recorded compilation posted on Anna Marie Santos's youtube channel, featuring the amazing Manila incarnation of kayumanggi Pinoy rock band - Anna Marie Santos on flute, Cocoy Dimala on drums, Shariko Pascual on bass, Tan Cuenca and Ryan Ignacio on percussion, Bo Bismarck on lead guitar) 

Interview and Live Performance on Rock and Roll Machine with Cousin Hoagy on Jam 88.3 FM, Manila, Philippines (March 16, 2019 featuring the incredible Manila incarnation of kayumanggi Pinoy rock band - Bo Bismarck on guitar, Tan Cuenca and Ryan Ignacio on percussion, and special guest Jun Lupito on lead guitar)

Article on The Soul of Music Ezine - by Aranza Velasco (September 2020)

Interview Questions from the Houston Institute of Culture - from year 2000

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kayumanggi Pinoy rock band Archives

3rd Annual BRAVE Fest 

(October 17, 2020)

the Texas incarnation of kayumanggi Pinoy rock band, left to right: Kokoy, Bill Day, Joyce Day, Stiggs

    On behalf of the kayumanggi Pinoy rock band collective, I would like to thank the Malaya Movement of Texas and Filipinx Artists of Houston for allowing us to share our music at last month's event "Sigwa: A Cultural Night of Remembrance and Resistance" to mark the 48th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines under the brutal Marcos dictatorship. It was a true honor to be among the extremely talented artists that evening. 

    We are once again truly honored and humbled to be invited as one of the featured musical guests at the 3rd annual BRAVE Fest on Saturday October 17, beginning at 6:00 pm Central United States time. (Global times below...) This Texas incarnation of kayumanggi Pinoy rock band features the incredible rocking talents of Joyce Day on flute and congas, Bill Day on drums, and Stiggs on bass.

    BRAVE, which stands for Building Relationships Awareness Voices & Engagement, is an award-winning advocacy organization based in Austin, Texas. BRAVE Fest is an annual commUNITY celebration of diversity, inclusion, and loving our neighbors in Central Texas! Let's come together (virtually) to lift each other's spirit, continue to be brave while we move forward, and celebrate commUNITY! #MakeATXBRAVE. This year's BRAVE Fest will take place virtually live-streamed on @BRAVECommunities Facebook & YouTube channel. 100% of the ticket proceeds and event sponsorships will be used for community services, scholarships for their youth leadership and social change programs, and COVID-19 relief efforts.

    Click the following link to see the full lineup of amazing artists and performers, schedule, more info and how to get tickets and the link to the event - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brave-fest-2020-tickets-94555378683 It's a pay-as-you-wish sliding scale ticket price.

BRAVE Fest start time for our family and friends around the world:

Saturday October 17: 

6:00 pm - Texas

5:00 pm - Arizona, Colorado

4:00 pm - California, Nevada

3:00 pm - Alaska 

7:00 pm - New York, New Jersey, Ontario, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Cuba 

Sunday October 18:

7:00 am - Philippines, China, Singapore

8:00 am - Japan, United Arab Emirates

9:00 am - Eastern Australia

12:00 midnight - Scotland, Ireland, England

1:00 am - Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Austria

2:00 am - Madagascar, Lebanon

6:00 am - Thailand

(Please let me know if your area is not on the list.)

For more info on BRAVE Communities, click here https://bravecommunities.org/.

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Sigwa: A Cultural Night of Remembrance and Resistance 

(September 27, 2020)


    I am very honored that kayumanggi Pinoy rock band is invited to perform this Sunday at Sigwa: A Cultural Night of Remembrance and Resistance, a virtual event to mark the anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines on September 23, 1972. This Texas incarnation of kayumanggi Pinoy rock band features the immensely talented Joyce Day, Bill Day, and Stiggs. I am also incredibly honored to be invited as a panelist in the discussion segment of the event.
    The martial law era established by then president Ferdinand Marcos is one of the darkest chapters in modern Philippine history, during which basic human rights were stripped from common people through brutal repression, and countless people disappeared, were tortured, or killed at the hands of government authorities. But make no mistake, disappearances and extrajudicial killings continued long after martial law ended...
    Please click on the event page to register and join us online in solidarity with the people of the Philippines...
    Register here to receive the event link: tiny.cc/SigwaReg
Sunday September 27
7:00 pm - Texas
6:00 pm - Arizona, Colorado
5:00 pm - California, Nevada
4:00 pm - Alaska
8:00 pm - New York, New Jersey, Toronto, Florida, Maryland, Virginia
Monday September 28
8:00 am - Philippines, China, Singapore
9:00 am - Japan, United Arab Emirates
10:00 am - Eastern Australia
1:00 am - Scotland, Ireland
2:00 am - Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Czechia, Slovakia, Serbia, Austria
3:00 am - Madagascar

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"Life is not a journey, but a pilgrimage..."
- Kokoy Severino has been in a constant state of travel since he was four years old.
Photo by Dad.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Say Their Names... Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido (Monument to the Disappeared)

 

Bantayog ng mga Decaparecido (Monument to the Disappeared)
Baclaran Church, Pasay City, Philippines MAP
(...all photos by Kokoy except where indicated otherwise...)

    In the southwestern corner of the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, popularly known as Baclaran Church in the National Capital Region of the Philippines, solemnly stands "Flame of Courage," a monument to memorialize many who have involuntarily disappeared. Etched into a series of black granite plates are hundreds of names, starting in 1971, the year before the Marcos dictatorship declared martial law, and spanning four subsequent presidencies (Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo) over three decades through 2003, the year before this monument was erected. No doubt, there have been countless others since then. 

    Say their names... 



































Click this link to view all of Kokoy's photos of Baclaran Church - National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

"Life is not a journey, but a pilgrimage..."
- Kokoy Severino has been in a constant state of travel since he was four years old.
Photo by Dad.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Rocked Age at the Met, featuring a Performance by Joey Pepe Smith, Pinoy Rock Pioneer and Icon at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, July 2007

The late Joey Pepe Smith (December 25, 1947 – January 28, 2019) checks out his portrait at the Rocked Age exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in July 2007. 

I had the honor of witnessing and documenting this rare once-in-a-lifetime performance by the late Joey Pepe Smith at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in July 2007...

All photos and videos by and copyright Kokoy Severino...

I feel truly blessed to have witnessed and documented this rare performance of the Pinoy rock anthem "Himig Natin" by Joey Pepe Smith at this event...







Howie (right) was one of the featured speakers of the evening...


"Life is not a journey, but a pilgrimage..."
- Kokoy Severino has been in a constant state of travel since he was four years old.
Photo by Dad.