Saturday, October 13, 2007

A close family friend, Mon David - winner of the first London Jazz Festival in 2006, is now US-based in Los Angeles and is checking out the jazz scene.

As we say about friends who become famous..."i knew him when"... Mon and I used to sing duets in high school. But it's really my younger sister, Rox, he has performed with over the years and with whom he's had a soulful relationship.

I would say that his greatest accomplishment of late is the lending of his talent to the revival of Kapampangan music and culture. Here he sings Kapampangan Ku with Arti Santa Rita. He has rearranged and recorded jazzed up versions of Kapampangan folksongs like Atin Ku Pung Singsing and composed new Pampango songs as well.

What does it mean that I'm drawn to these songs now? Why not yesterday?

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