9 groups slug it out in 7th Battle of the Bands PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 April 2012 14:09

The annual Chabacano amateur band competition dubbed ‘El Encuentro de Chabacano Banda Musical Año-7’ concluded with a bang last Thursday night as part of the highlights of the Dia de Ma’am Caling that commemorated the 91st Birth anniversary of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat.

Aimed to promote the use of Chabacano language, the event was participated by 9 amateur bands that dished out two songs including their original Chabacano piece each.

The Arts and Rhythms Band was adjudged champion, winning P5,000 cash and a trophy. The second spot was grabbed by the Nuxytah Band with P3, 000 cash while Half Beat Band landed as third placer with P2, 000 prize money. The non-winning band were each awarded withP1, 000 consolation prize.

The Arts and Rhythms Band got the judges’ nod with their original composition entitled Baila na Nuevo Vida. Their cover song was an opm selection Bilog na Naman ang Buwan.

Nuxytah took on the song One Wild Night as their cover song with their original composition Mio Amor-enough to win the judges’ heart for the second spot while Half Beat Band rocked the staged with the Children of the Sun popularized by Bamboo and El MI Corazon as their original piece.

For the special awards, the Best Lead Guitarist went to the lead guitarist of the El Musica de Latino; Best Drummer was awarded to the drummer of the Half Beat Band and the Best Vocalist came from the grand winner-the Arts and Rhythms Band. All winners were awarded with P1, 000 each.

El Encuentro de Chabacano Banda Musical is one of the prime activities that form part of the Summer Festival. It is usually aligned with the celebration of the Birthday Anniversary of Ma’am Caling as tribute for her passion in preserving the Chabacano language among the youth.

That passion is being upheld at present under the administration of Mayor Celso Lobregat who throws his all-out-support for activities and undertakings in promoting the use of the unique language of the Zamboanga City. — Richard Aliangan