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Kinaiya at Conspiracy Bar

KINAIYA at Conspiracy Bar, 3 April 2013

  • David Sicam – vocals and guitar
  • Burn Belacho – guitar
  • Darryl Andrade – drums
  • Tristan Bacsa – bass

A few weeks before 2012 ended, when my brother in-law joined Kinaiya, I have heard an instrumental music playing from his playlist. It has a touch of ethnic music to it that is soothing to the ear. I asked him if that was an instrumental music all throughout. No, he said.

That instrumental music I referred to was Bagong Buwan, Kinaiya’s opening number last night at Conspiracy Bar. It was the first time I heard the song in its entirety with vocals and my musical experience with Kinaiya began.

The band is composed of four musical talents each has its unique manner, behavior, attitude and trait. It gives the group an aura of harmony and unity despite its diversity.

Upon listening to their music, I thought of their genre as an acoustic folk with an ethnic touch in a modern setting. I felt the raw, yet subtle music in every intense, live, harmonic performance, a soothing sound indeed.

Aside from originally composed and arranged, Kinaiya’s songs are reflective of timely elements — social awareness, philosophy, and empathy that translate into a story and good vibes.

I have listed down the titles of their songs and missed naming three, I think. Nevertheless, their performance was fun. With vocalist David Sicam cracking up jokes in between numbers, pun became fun even after their performance.

Aside from Bagong Buwan, I have listed down Dalampasigan, their second number, and a love song entitled Handumanan. Sa Ating Panahon is a tribute to the victims of Typhoon Pablo that sends a message of a new beginning. Moreover, they have a self-titled song, which defines their harmony and brand of music.

By midnight, they sang Hatinggabi, which also signaled Marco Jacinto’s birthday today (who was in the audience). They also sang a cover of Sting’s Seven Days. The band sang another original composition, Hinay-hinaya, a song about slowing down in a rapidly changing environment. Their last number was a tribute to the overseas Filipino workers, aptly titled Pilipino Sa Ibayo, which the band dedicated to my cousin in-law, Eunice (a.k.a. Nice), who was sitting beside me.

I had a good time listening to their harmony, ethnic beat, and poetry in music. What a Nice time to relax last night. Chill!

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