Lea releases new album in different Filipino languages

December 06, 2018
Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga

'BAHAGHARI,' from Curve Entertainment Inc. and GLP Music, is  Lea Salonga’s latest music album in which she focuses on presenting the rich and colorful music of the Philippines to the world. 

It is announced via a press launch at Makati Shangri-La’s Bespoke Grill Wednesday afternoon. The album  is  a   cultural  celebration,  15 beautiful  traditional folk songs,   representing   various regions and languages  –  Tagalog, Ilocano, Kapampangan,  Bicolano, Bisaya and Ilonggo. This release  is   aimed to reach the   consciousness  of  the   young  Filipino generation to revive traditional music's heritage and preserve the importance and beauty of this art.

The album was produced by our National Artist for Music,  Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, whose deep knowledge of Filipino music proved key to the project. He was able to make the album musically interesting not only with the diverse selection of the songs’ languages, but also with the diverse line-up of arrangers that he has tapped for each song, which include Lea’s brother, Gerard.   

Lea’s  voice  is the  thread  tying  Bahaghari  together. "Because the  arrangements were all so different from one another, I needed to stylistically adapt my vocals to fit them while holding onto my own voice and how I sing," reflects Lea. "The more playful stuff, like 'Pobreng Alindahaw,' was just so much fun to do in the studio, and some of the more dramatic music, like 'Matud Nila,' was straight from the heart."

The project was initiated when Lea was introduced to GLP Music founders Angela Jackson and Rex Niswander. The label produces music that would introduce children to world languages and world cultures. “We were focused on world music, music in languages other than English, but we had not considered an album in the languages of the Philippines,” said Niswander. “That all changed when we met Lea Salonga."

"Bahaghari” is now available in Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer and all digital platformsworldwide.  Physical CDs with   a special booklet containing   cultural  notes written by award-winning  writer and director  Floy Quintos, and original  lyrics with English translations will beavailable at local record stores beginning December 17, 2018.