By ALMA B. SINUMLAG
BAGUIO CITY ― Musikang Bayan, a progressive band launched their 6th album entitled “Ilusyon” at Gouzing Bar, here on December 12 as part of the Human Rights month commemoration.
The collection of songs tackles issues of human rights violations, environment and peace.
Danny Fabella composer and one of the vocalists of the group said in an interview that the album was named with their carrier song “Ilusyon” with a chorus that goes: “E ano, E ano kung maganda ang sinabi, Ito ba, Ito ba’y magkakatotoo?, E ano, E ano kung taimtim ang pangako, Ito ba, Ito ba’y magkakatotoo.”
The song he said was composed right after President Benigno Aquino’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA). The song talks about the popular sentiment of the majority that there has not been any qualitative change in the society after one year of Aquino II’s regime.
“Kumbaga, presidente lang ang napapalitan ngunit walang pagbabagong nangyayari kagaya ng kanilang mga pangako,” (It is as if the president is the only one being replaced but the situation remains the same unlike what they have promised) Fabella added.
In line with the commemoration of the Human Rights month, the group decided to have a soft launching in the city. “It is timely because the album itself discusses issues of Human Rights Violations, environment plunder and peace,” Fabella further said.
Most of the songs Fabella further added were composed in 2009 during the time of former president, now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when the HR situation in the country was at its worst.
Earlier, he said, the album also had soft launchings in Ilocos, Cebu and Manila.
Fabella said that unlike the other albums namely, Rosas ng Digma Volumes I and II, Anak ng Bayan, The Peace We Want, and Baliktad na ang Mundo, almost all the songs were composed by him and there is a distinct difference from the way it was written and their musical arrangements. “If you are to hear the previous albums and this one, you can tell the difference,” he added.
One of the highlights of the album is the song “Bayani Ka”, a tribute to Gregorio Rosal popularly known as “Ka Roger”, former spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). It was written he said to immortalize the good deeds of the revolutionary icon.
A song writer and singer of the people
Fabella stressed that he is an activist turned musician rather than a musician turned activist which is what usually happens. He started writing songs when he was still in college studying literary arts. He was already an activist then.
“Mahilig talaga akong mag-Compose ng tula pero noong natutunan kong tumugtog ng gitara, nagkainterest na ako sa song writing,” (Writing poems was really my passion but when I learned to play the guitar, I became interested in song writing) he added.
Since an activist when he started writing songs, he drew inspiration from the struggles of the people and people in the movement. His first composition that was part of the Rosas ng Digma Vol. I, “Sa Duyan ng Digma” which he composed in 1993.
He said, he was inspired by an activist couple fighting that is why the song depicts that love and struggle go together and that any differences can be addressed if their love for the revolution remains strong.
“Utang ko ang pagiging musikero ko sa kilusan dahil sa kilusan ako humahalaw ng mga istoryang nilalapatan ko ng musika,” (I owe my being a musician to the movement because I draw my materials from the movement) he stressed.
According to him, as long as there are comrades who appreciate his compositions and until there are stories to be told he will continue to compose songs.
Further, part of the Ilusyon album is a tribute to all the people in the struggle for a better society, to those who sacrifice a lot for that noble cause.
It is a song entitled, “Di Pangkaraniwan” with a chorus that goes, “Mabuhay kayong mga di pangkaraniwan, pag-ibig ninyo’y walang hangganan. Mabuhay kayong lubos ang katapatan, mabuhay kayo kailanman”. # nordis.net