Meet the Pride of Pinoy Folk Rock and join us as we do the countdown until December 3, 2010 of this much awaited concert!
Smith was a member of the nationalistic and the seminal Philippine rock group, the Juan dela Cruz Band along with fellow musicians, Wally Gonzales and Mike Hanopol. "Juan dela Cruz" is the recognized term for the "everyman" in Philippine society. The Juan dela Cruz Band initiated the rock music revolution in the Philippines, veering away from covers of foreign hit songs and focusing on original songwriting. The trio has always been credited of spearheading the Pinoy Rock genre in the Philippine music industry.
Smith was also a member of the Japanese rock trio, Speed, Glue & Shinki, an interest in amphetamines being the attribution for the "Speed" moniker in the name of the band.
Joey "Pepe" Smith solo artist and member of the Juan de la Cruz Band, Himig Natin, Balong Malalim, Teacher's Enemy Number 1
Singer-songwriter Florante de Leon, popularly known simply as "Florante", emerged as the early leading exponent of Pinoy Folk-Rock during DZRJ-AM radio boom in Manila during the 1970s. Florante is a Filipino folk singer, guitarist, songwriter. He is most famous for composing the hit ballad, "Handog" and several other enduring modern Filipino songs, including "Ako'y Isang Pinoy", "Abakada", "Digmaan" and "Pinay". Other singer-songwriters in his wake during the emergence of OPM included Freddie Aguilar and Heber Bartolome.
Florante's witty stage patter and memorable lyrics reveal a weathered and multi-talented performer, a “one-man-show” plucking his guitar. Not surprisingly, a songwriter's character is usually reflected in compositions. It has been said that the true character of a man is gleaned in his writings or compositions, because no writer or composer can ever generate imaginative work without involving his innermost feeling and thought. In real life, Florante is a very kind hearted man; a loving father who dedicate his life taking care of his family, particularly his wife and children. In every rehearsal and public performance, you will see Florante together with his family.
Heber Bartolome & Banyuhay
Heber Bartolome acquired his music education from his parents. His father was a rondalla band leader who also made guitars and violins. His mother was a sarswela singer. He learned how to play the guitar and the banduria as a child. This coupled with growing up in Cabanatuan in an environment steeped in folk and religious music became the root for the nationalistic bent of Heber's music.
He got his degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines. He was a member of the ROTC Band, the UP Concert Chorus and on his own a singer in the folkhouse circuit around Manila singing the songs of The Beatles and Bob Dylan. He formed his group Banyuhay in 1975. He also began to play his own original compositions, combined folk, rock, blues and ethnic rhythms and which mostly commented on social ills.
His first hit was Nena, about a lady of the night and the reasons for her predicament. He next scored big time with Tayo'y Mga Pinoy. The song was a finalist at the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival in 1978. Some of his other compositions are Karaniwang Tao, Almusal, May Panahon Pa, Pasahero and Inutil Na Gising. He also wrote the music for the musical Ibong Adarna.
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