All the essential Alamat songs that show their multilingual identity
The P-pop scene has been steadily rising over the years. We’ve witnessed a lot of groups debuting with interesting concepts that unquestionably distinguish them from the rest. From one group to another, they deliver songs that not only promote the genre locally but also resonate beyond our borders.
In the heart of the country’s ever dynamic music scene, one of the leading P-pop groups called Alamat is making waves not just for their catchy tunes but also for their mission: to celebrate the Philippine languages through music.
The concept of Alamat is to be a multilingual P-pop group, and they have championed this ever since their debut during the pandemic. Before they take the stage for their first-ever solo concert on Dec. 1, here are some of their must-listen songs that showcase the diversity of our culture.
The members hail from different parts of the country, and their diverse linguistic backgrounds provide a broad spectrum of influences. In their groundbreaking debut single “kbye,” Tomas (Bicolano), R-Ji (Waray-Waray), Taneo (Ilocano/Kalinga), Alas (Bisaya), Mo (Filipino-American), and Jao (Kapampangan) prove that tradition can thrive alongside modernity.
In their music video, they adapt classic elements of Filipino music and culture such as baybayin, jeepney, tinikling, and local fiesta vibes, giving these traditional forms a fresh and contemporary twist.
Alamat extends beyond their music. Through the lens of their fans called “Magiliw,” they are inspirational role models for the Filipino youth, giving importance to the notion that embracing your culture is not only cool but also empowering. This track pushes us to reach for our dreams and reminds us that the world is ours to conquer.
“Say U Love Me”
By emphasizing the significance of Philippine weaving and giving it the spotlight it deserves, Alamat members have been spotted wearing Hablon and batik prints in their outfits, not only in their music videos but also during live performances. This track offers a slower but more affectionate tempo—a new flavor to the group’s discography—but still not dropping their identity as a multilingual group.
“Aswang” and “Day and Night”
Songs that explore regional folklore? Alamat has already released “Aswang” and “Day and Night.”
Drawing inspiration from regional folklore, myths, and legends, they infuse their music with stories that resonate with Filipinos across the archipelago. Interestingly, “Day and Night” prominently features the Bisaya language with a mermaid-themed music video.
The group just recently released their comeback single, “Walang Hanggan.” It has the same feel as “Sa Panaginip Na Lang,” but this one delves into the yearning for a love that lasts forever. Sung in Filipino, this song conveys a feeling of determination and resolute commitment amid disappointments.
While many people might also be familiar with “Maharani,” which has become a TikTok trend, and most casual listeners likely know, delving deeper into Alamat’s discography provides a musical experience that allows us to explore and learn more about the archipelago, one song at a time.
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We have the chance to see them rock their solo concert debut “Dagundong” at the New Frontier Theatre on Dec. 1. See you there?