Thursday, March 10, 2011

CD Review: Charmaine Clamor's 'My Harana: A Filipino Serenade'

My Harana: A Filipino Serenade

The heartfelt melodies and love songs known as harana were frequently performed by men through the 1950's to win affection for young women by playing a guitar outside the window of a potential female suitor. Now, Charmaine Clamor tackles these songs and highlights the musical culture of the Philippines in the process. Twelve songs are included in eight different languages and dialects, including English, Tagalog, Kapampangan, Ilocano, Ilonggo, Pangasinan, Bisaya, and Bicolano. The sultry vocals and passionate guitar, bandurria, laud, kutiyapi, bass, kulintang, and percussion provide an almost Latin American, flamenco, or even Hawaiian sound. Charmaine's addictive voice carries each song with simplistic pleasure. The songs are light and crisp with a lot of room to breath. If you like folk or jazz vocals in multiple languages, then you will love Charmaine. English lyrics are provided with native languages and dialects. Let her seduce you today! ~ Matthew Forss