"Kumusta?" or "How are you?" is always a welcome question amongst friends. It's an ice breaker for what would be the start of the conversation or a soothing acknowledgement to someone going through tough times.
Written in collaboration with Flow G, Shanti Dope’s latest release with the title "Kamusta" touches on a very delicate topic — depression. Depression is a serious matter and we've lost many young and very talented lives because of this mental health issue.
It comes as a surprise that with Shanti Dope and Flow G's persona as hip-hop artists such a topic can be an inspiration for a song; which only goes to show how well-rounded individuals they are and not just an echo for grunt and angst. In terms of the lyrics, the two rappers were able to bring up the important discussion regarding mental wellness and helped in the stigma of suffering from depression being removed, in their own special way.
If someone with depression does not find God for solace, a family member or a friend can help with the continued reassurance that help is always available. All it takes is to say, "Kamusta?" "Meron bang nakakubli sa likod ng 'yong ngiti at kutitap ng iyong mga mata? Mabigat ba sa dibdib 'pag laging pinipigilang sabihin ang iyong nadarama? Di mo gustong malaman ng mundo ang kahinaan mo Kung wala kang malapitan, Pwede mo akong sabihan."
In a recent press conference, Shanti Dope has a little piece of advice to those who are undergroing mental stress: “Sa mga taong may pinagdadaanan, balansehin lang lahat. Huwag kayong matakot sa mga pinagdadaanan niyong mabigat. Sabihin niyo sa mga malalapit niyong kaibigan,” Shanti said.
“Dati magaling akong magtago ng problema ko. Feeling ko cool ‘yun, pero hindi pala. Lahat kasi may problema at pagalingang magtago kaya ni-take advantage ko na lang yung concept ng kanta para maging example siya sa marami na mas okay harapin and problema at kumausap ng kaibigan,” Flow G added.
"Dumadaan din naman ako sa ganun," Shanti reassured. "Gusto ko ding iparamdam sa song na 'to na tao din ako na nakakaramdam din ng ganito-ganyan kaya sobrang maganda din ng kinalabasan ng verse. Kasi sa verse ni Flow G, parang nagpapayo siya eh. Sa verse ko naman ako yung nagtatanong na ;Paano kung ganito, paano kung ganyan...' kaya sobrang solid ng kinalabasan.
A Red Carpet Music Video Premiere for “Kamusta” happened last May 26, 2022 at SM Megamall Cinema 2 while it was released globally on Universal Records Philippines’ YouTube channel last May 27. The music video was directed by Jeremy Lim of Blck Mrkt, depicting a very clear narrative of someone’s mental health that went on a tragic downward spiral.
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