World music visits youth shelter
Vigorous yet soulful rythmic beatings produce music. And this is what a group of world music advocates taught the youth of Pangarap Shelter.
On November 7, members of Unitiima and Kalayo visited the youth center for a night of learning and dancing. The participants were taught how to create music using a percussion instrument--a five-gallon water bottle--and given the chance to showcase their new found skills.
Cecil Artates, Hands On Manila sherpa and long-time volunteer at Pangarap Shelter, invited the band members to the Pasay City youth home.
"I wanted to share to the kids the kind of music that I love," Cecil said. "But more than that, I wanted to teach them love for music."
The percussionists were more than happy to impart their skills and talents to their audience.
"We wish to share our talents to others especially the youth," said Ryan Barros of Unitiima. "We want children to appreciate the kind of music that we play. We want to give them a sense of self-fulfillment."
The shelter, which held talent nights on the first Friday of every month, also showcased the kids' singing abilities.
Paul Zialcita of the band Kalayo said that any thing can be used as a musical instrument and he vouches for the five-water gallon water bottle as a bona fide percussion instrument.
"The first thing that you need to ascertain is if that produces sound," Paul said. "If you prove that, then you don't consider it as a mere bottle or toy. You consider that as a musical instrument."
He added that music can be produced from anything and the ubiquity of water bottles make these ideal instruments.
Unitiima play world music which they fuse with different tunes from Philippine cultures.
"We mix that with other forms of music like bosa nova and samba latin so that it appeals to a broader audience," Ryan said.
Unitiima are Ryan, Jay-R, Jaggernaut, Domeng, and Paeng.