Reimagined kundiman in Zack Tabudlo’s Binibini

Reimagined kundiman in Zack Tabudlo’s Binibini

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Singer-songwriter-producer Zack Tabudlo with his guitar in Wish 107.5. (Photo from Google)

MANILA — There was a time when those melodies known as kundiman—characterized by smooth, flowing, and gentle rhythm—could be heard in radio programs and jukeboxes across the country.

In general, the kundiman was the traditional means of serenade in the Philippines at the end of the 19th century, it emerged as an art song with its musical structure formalized by well-known Filipino composers, among them Francisco Santiago and Nicanor Abelardo.
And now they sought poetry for their lyrics, local musical artist Zack Tabudlo is rewriting kundiman by blending verse and music to promote a contemporary pop flair that would capture the hearts of most music lovers, and this is reflected in his latest single Binibini, which has been released on various streaming platforms via Island Records Philippines/MCA Music Inc.

The first time you’ve probably heard of Zack Tabudlo was when he was just a young boy of 12, singing ‘Sunday Morning’ by Maroon 5 in front of some of the notable names in the local music industry. Six years later, the singer-songwriter-producer is well on his way to becoming one of the most exciting acts coming out of the Philippines.

Symbolizing love as dance, Tabudlo penned Binibini at the peak of a romantic relationship with a former flame.

“She was the binibini that I would dance with in the middle of the rain, in the middle of chaos, or whatever’s happening around us. I would dance/love her no matter what,” Tabudlo referenced his inspiration behind his song.

According to the young singer-songwriter, Bininibi is more than a simple crush or a cliché situation. He likens the song to the mutual connection between two persons romantically swept away with each other, but are “waiting for the right moment to say what they feel.”

Tabudlo reflects: “Despite what everyone says or what problems the two of you are facing in life, the both of you will be there for each other and will always be behind each other in every situation there is.”

This how his new track Binibini encompasses that kind of reassuring love that goes beyond idealistic.

Musically, the song incorporates a touch of kundiman with a modern singer-songwriter flair, capturing a uniquely arresting sound that tells a story from a confessional standpoint: raw, earnest, and teeming with emotional honesty.

Tabudlo also tackles a classic ‘90s alt-rock sound going through the bridge with familiar-sounding guitar effects and melodies to complement the vibe of the material.

“I did the writing, production, and mixing and mastering just like my other songs,” the acclaimed artist tells in a statement. “This was a bit different because of the kundiman vibe to it that I’ve never done before with a personal song. It had that chill, laid-back, in love—happy moments kind of feel to it.” (AI/MTVN)

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