In an age where hugot is a prominent theme in music, Sandiwa steps into the spotlight with a heart-wrenching offering of their own: their debut single, "Gunita."
Last April 10, the new group under Ivory Music consisting of Samuel Mopal, Yeoj Rivera, Jeremiah Torda, Harold Tabuno, and Alex Rale held an official single launch and press conference at the Historia Boutique Bar and Restaurant.
While talking about the new single, lead vocalist Yeoj recalled writing "Gunita" during a difficult time in his life, the idea came from a dream.
"Broken kasi ako no'ng time na 'yon, pero nanaginip ako ng magagandang memories namin. Tapos no'ng nagising ako I noticed na 'yon, wala na talaga, as in hindi na mababalikan," he said. "Actually, pag mulat ng mata ko naisip ko na hindi ko na pwedeng balikan, pero gusto ko pang mangyari uli. Hanggang alaala na lang ang meron ako."
As for the sound, Yeoj mentioned his goal of having their music featured in movies, describing their style of music as "cinematic."
To celebrate the official launch of their single, Sandiwa put on a show along with some of the most up and coming musicians today as well as some of the most prominent names in the industry.
Here's a glimpse of what went down that night:
Sons of Noa opening the night's celebration
Room for Cielo bringing back 80's and 90's feels
Acoustic artist Lirah Bermudez touching our hearts with her sweet voice
The main event: Sandiwa!
Joey Ayala joining Sandiwa onstage to perform "Kanariniwang Tao"
Shanti Dope hyping up the crowd with a special rendition of "Nadarang"
Cooky Chua giving a powerful performance of "Paglisan"
And finally, Gloc-9 joining Cooky Chua to perform their popular collab "Tao"
"Gunita" was released under Ivory Records and is available on Spotify and all other digital platforms. Listen to the track here:
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A Filipina born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Alyssa always has a story to tell. She is a writer by day, singer on occasion, ballerina by heart, and forever a musical theatre enthusiast. When she's not immersing herself in her Spotify playlists, you'll find her training to be a triathlete or being a full-time cool tita to her 9 nephews and nieces.