Dubai: Award-winning Filipino rock star Bamboo regaled his Dubai fans once more at the recent Fluid Jam 2018 concert.
It’s his ninth gig in the UAE and the 42-year-old Pinoy rock icon, whose real name is Francisco Gaudencio Lope Belardo Mañalac, didn’t disappoint his most avid followers, by dishing out a high-energy performance Thursday night at Zabeel Park.
The singer-songwriter began his career in 1993 as the vocalist and frontman of the band Rivermaya. He later fronted an his eponymous band, Bamboo.
When Bamboo disbanded in 2011, Mañalac then pursued a solo career and released his first album, No Water, No Moon.
Who wouldn’t recognise and love his songs?
Ulan, 214, Kisapmata, Himala, Awit Ng Kabataan, Hinahanap-hanap Kita, Elesi, Hallelujah, Noypi etc. — they have all become anthems of a generation of Filipinos who grew up in the 1990s and in the new millennium.
According to a Philippine Statistics Authority survey, more than half of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) belong to the 25-39 age group, which fits the profile of those who grew up listening to Bamboo’s songs in the past two decades.
This, perhaps, explain his continued strong following among Dubai kabayans.
The 42-year-old Pinoy rock icon didn’t disappoint his most avid followers who turned up in droves at Dubai’s Zabeel Park. — Gulf News
With Eraserheads having done a rare reunion concert in Dubai, many fans have also been clamouring for Bamboo to do the same with Rivermaya.
Unfortunately, that is not something he is keen on doing.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said during an interview with Gulf News #Pinoy right after his performance on Thursday.
“I love the guys, but I’m not built like that. I always think of pushing forward. Now, in a different form, why not? That’s what I think, but with the same unit to do like a reunion tour and just play all the old stuff, it doesn’t get me excited. It gets people excited, I do understand that.”
While a reunion concert with his former Rivermaya bandmates isn’t happening soon, one thing fans can count on is for Bamboo to continue writing good music.
“My belief is once you record a song, once you do a song, it doesn’t belong to me anymore, it takes a life of its own,” he said during a previous interview with Gulf News.
“So just like Noypi, it’s not my song anymore, it belongs to you guys, especially to Filipinos all over the world — that’s sort of our anthem, our song.”
Immediately after his hour-long, high-intensity concert Thursday night, The Voice of the Philippines coach met with us backstage as he took on this week’s Gulf News #Pinoy Challenge.
“I’m gonna crush this,” he said, psyching himself up for the difficult task ahead.
Did he? Watch the video.
(with inputs from Jobannie Tabada, Features Editor – Property Weekly)