Cagayan de Oro has always been vibrant and has never been short of talented performers. Last June 23, 2019, 6pm at the Rotunda, Limketkai Mall a gathering of local bands from Cagayan de Oro that plays original composition titled “Kinaiyahan ug Kalinaw” did a successful mini concert.
These groups of musicians are seeing the opportunity to highlight their original composition to the public and are looking forward for the crowd to patronize original composition among Cagayan de Oro bands. Bands who performed are Pangoy Band who are inspired by the legends of Philippine contemporary ethno music scene like Joey Ayala, Sammy Asuncion and the kalayo band.
Take You who played original composition about love. Tones from the Rooftop (TFTR) represented by Lyndon Velasco a former guitarist of the reggae pioneers in Cagayan de Oro Ganja Sunrise and is presently the main man of TFTR, Lyndon performed original songs about overcoming depression and finding oneself back in God’s love.
Cyber Band who is being led by Andoy Patuasic shows strong potential in making big in the music scene, armed with their original brand of music and their eagerness despite their being 17 years old and under group, cyber band is the band to look forward to in the CdO music scene. Rockhalolic performed original composition and did a few covers by the 90’s golden era of alternative pinoy music.
Eli Rock J featuring Headturn did beautiful rendition of original own composition which was written by eli Rock J himself. And lastly Dhassig who is now currently launching its full album composed of 14 tracks which will be available in Spotify in the first week of July 2019.
The Kinaiyaha ug Kalinaw mini concert paved way in creating Eksensa CdO Music Scene. It is now an informal group composed of bands who have the vision to pursue the camaraderie that was developed during the Mall concert. With the continuing interest on promoting original composition, the group is now looking forward to help each other in supporting developed everyone’s journey in the music industry.
It is a bit hard in the local level to compete among major labels in the Metro Manila area but together and with the advent of the internet and social media, I think it’s not hard for local talents to be recognized and make a contribution in making Cagayan de Oro known as a place of talented world class performers.
Wksena CdO is now preparing for a mini concert once again this coming July 18, 2019 at Rotunda, Limketkai Mall and various venues are now being considered for a gigs and advocacy events. Eksena CdO a music group to look forward in Northern Mindanao.
(Rhyan Casiño, a freelance writer, a member of the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro and Chairman of Dire Husi Initiatives, Inc. recipient of the national award Ten Accomplished Youth Organization or TAYO. For comments/suggestions please send to firstname.lastname@example.org)