Saturday, September 30, 2006

Meeting Tausug Musicians

Abdellah Sali Daul has only finished his 3rd year in grade school but his musical prowess have bagged him around 250 songs . His songs are known in the community of Tausugs, Yakans and Badjaos around ZambaSulta (Zamboanga , Basilan and Sulu and Tawi -TAwi).

He strums his guitar in a corner - people call as Boracay in Mariki. This is where the waves join him in a trance of love ballad and slow rock songs that he composes in a quiet day sitting on wooden planks and stilts. We (my sis and I ) had a chance to see him perform in an old garage where his old band (SIDZNIE) practiced and jammed. We got to meet the rest of Sidnie band and their manager. I shot their performance with a digicam and also interviewed them about their music and their influences. They were all so warm and accomodating, with some adamance at first. This would be our new digital video documentary about the Moro Underground Music in the city of flowers. As we headed home Abdullah and Mans Hapil (guitarist) rode a jeep towards the the city we call "pueblo" , their fans notice them and start smiling. Abdullah starts to blush and gives them a smile back...."I'm shy", he blurts.
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