Artist Ko, The Resurrection of Cebuano Artists
Artist Ko! Artists & Musicians Marketing Cooperative, held a press conference last 8th of May, 2010 at VIP Room, Teatro Casino, Water Front Hotel, Cebu City. During the event, the people behind the group were introduced to the local media. They also announced the group’s upcoming project, VISPOP, the newest Cebuano songwriting competition. Miss Raki Vega’s newest single, “We Will Rise Again”, was also launched.
What is Artist Ko?
Artist Ko is a duly registered association of artists, musicians and entrepreneurs with a common bond of interest who voluntarily joined together to achieve a lawful, social and economic end by making equitable contributions and accepting the fair share of the risks and benefits in all undertakings.
Artist Ko is a marketing cooperative and is a profit entity. The group is serious in supporting each member’s endeavors through profit-oriented projects.
This is a joint project initiated by Artist Ko and Tsinelas Inc. which bears the tagline “Bisayaa Uy!“. The project aims to alleviate the current state of Cebuano music on radio by introducing a more professional and competitive playlist of new Cebuano songs. All songwriting enthusiast are invited to join. Visit VISPOP’s multiply account for more details.
Raki Vega’s We Will Rise Again
Miss Raki Vega’s interpretation of her latest single, “We Will Rise Again”, gained positive feedback from the local media. The song is written and composed by the award-winning songwriter, Jude Gitamondoc. The song has a nationalistic streak on it which inspires hope and optimism among Filipinos. Mr. Jude Gitamondoc said that the song conveys all Filipino people that we should not depend our future to a person only, people should work and strive together to shape and build a better future.
My Personal Take
During the press conference, one of the media people mentioned about Bisrock, which is now referred to by Artist Ko as a phenomenon, not a genre or whatsoever. I was a bit sad hearing about it. It’s because I am one of those people who love bisrock music, and in my heart of hearts, I really, really feel its essence. I’ve been a bisrock supporter since 2006. I I even created this blog to show my support to Cebu’s local rock music scene. I will never forget those bisrock bands like Missing Filemon, Aggressive Audio, Leon Kilat, Smooth Friction and the likes. It’s just sad to see that the good apples were being spoiled by the rotten ones.
Still, with the creation of Artist Ko, I expect another phenomenon that would lead to a worldwide recognition of Cebuano’s arts and music. I’m quite confident that Cebuano people are far more talented than any other artists from around the Philippines. Together, we can make this happen! Jia you, CEBU!