When we’re not doing shows on our own, we collaborate with different organizations with similar advocacies.
Criss-Crossings, hosted by Crossroads and Create Cebu was one such venture which aligned with our values of espousing everything homegrown. This “craft and culture walkabout” was the first for Crossroads Mall, which is slowly becoming a cultural hub in uptown Cebu.
22 Tango Records took part on Day 2 of that weekend of talks and workshops. In Identity Through Music, held at Holicow Gallery, our very own Cattski Espina, along with songwriter-composer Jude Gitamondoc and DJ Shmacks, talked about their respective craft, and the collective experience of working in the music industry.
We set up shop and our stage for Folkin’ Poetry in that little pocket of space between QUBE Gallery and Holicow. By twilight, we opened with Vincent Eco, who sang a number of his heartbreaking originals from his upcoming debut album.
More people gathered as the music went on and complimentary drinks from Cebu Brewing Company were enjoyed. Mother Folker, Cattski Espina then offered an impromptu performance which featured soon-to-be-released singles such as “Fall” and “Smitten”.
Mary Anchit crossed an island with her keyboards in tow for a set of her signature tunes, worthy additions to any hopeless romantic’s playlist. For other types of heartbreak, there was Ella Melendez, with her Democrazy tracks “3136” and “What Do They Know”.
Prodigy Lourdes Maglinte capped off the show with her own original compositions delivered with her trademark spunk and sass.
Criss-Crossings was one of many events we’ve participated in this year. Needless to say, we enjoy this growing trend of Cebu-centric activities in the city. As the event’s founders say “Criss-Crossings upholds the idea that collaboration equals creativity, encouraging creative entrepreneurs to contribute positively to the cultural capital of Cebu City.”
We couldn’t agree more. 22 Tango Records is proud to bring homegrown music to the world and the power of the internet and social media has allowed our music to cross borders. But our heart will always be with Cebu and it’s these kinds of events which keep us going.
Blog & Photos by Nina Alcoseba