It was a nostalgia trip for most of the Pinoys working in Qatar to hear their favorite tunes played by some of the great performers they used to hear in the country.
Rico Blanco, Brownman Revival and Alamid showed their stuff at Rakabayan 2009, an annual rock music festival held at the Philippine International School in Qatar last Friday, 8 pm, October 9, (1am, Saturday, Philippine time) and organized by Supernova Entertainment of Qatar.
It was the second time around for Rico Blanco to perform in the Middle East country, but the first time for Alamid and Brownman Revival. Qatar is said to have about 200,000 Filipinos residing and working there.
"Haping-hapi kami basta nakakapagpasaya ng mga Pilipino, sa Pinas man or abroad. We always get excited whenever it's our first time to play at a new venue," Alamid frontman Gary Ignacio said before the show started.
Brownman Revival's lead vocals Dino Concepcion said they were lucky to finally do a gig abroad. Most of the producers who attempt to bring the band outside the country would have a hard time, given the size of the band.
"Well, it is a privilege to perform for our fellow Pinoys here in Qatar. Marahil katulad din sa mga kasama natin na banda ay makapaghatid-saya kami sa mga Pinoy dito," Dino said.
ROCK ON AT RAKABAYAN. Alamid opened the night with their early hits, "Sama-Sama" and "China Eyes." They then let the crowd sing with a medley of songs from some of the famous '90s bands that included Eraserhead's "Huling El Bimbo," After Image's "Next in Line" and Introvoys' "Line to Heaven."
They geared up for some rockin' covers of "Down with the Sickness"and "Bodies" that pumped up the energy of the crowd. And of course the audience wouldn't be satisfied if the band's rock ballad "Your Love" wasn't included in the group's repertoire.
Rico Blanco took the stage next, churning out some of his old Rivermaya hits that like "Umaaraw Umuulan," "Bye Bye Na," and "Panahon Na Naman."
He then revved up the audience with some of his own compositions like "Awit ng Kabataan" and "Elesi." And not to be missed were his new songs in his latest album that included his smash hits, "Your Universe," "Yugto" and "Antukin."
By then, the audience was revved up to do some dancing when Brownman Revival took the stage.
The reggae band opened up their act with their signature songs like "Diskarte" and "Gusto Mo Pa."
Frontman Dino Concepcion even went down the stage to serenade some of the Pinays with "Ikaw Lang ang Aking Mahal." People went wild with their cameras and tried taking a shot of the band's frontman.
They also performed their reinvention of some VST and Co originals like "Disco Fever" and "Binibini."
Also included were the band's most requested tunes like "Maling Akala" and "Lintik na Pag-ibig."
Proceeds of Rakabayan 2009 will go to the multi-purpose hall project of the Philippine International School-Qatar and to the flood victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.
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