Bagong Umaga is one of the most sterling compositions by Jay Son Ugbaniel a.k.a Onyok, the Kuerdas Band major. Driven by deep sympathy and unbearable grief for the Yolanda typhoon victims, Jay Son and Dexter Morimonte, Kuerdas Band’s percussionist, were both inspired to come up with this meaningful masterpiece.
As the Filipinos felt the onslaught of the strongest typhoon that hit the Earth and while the world sympathized with the typhoon-stricken country, Kuerdas Band and the various musicians in Gensan came together to show its support and sympathy to our fellow Filipinos who were grievously affected by the calamity that ravaged the country and its helpless populace.
Dexter created the chord progression. Jay Son on the other hand put together the lyrics and the melody of the song. Both of them arranged the music.
However, they do NOT take all credit for themselves. The making of Bagong Umaga is a collaborative effort of ALL MUSICIANS IN GENSAN who took part and performed in the spirit of solidarity in this time of distress. They endeavor to somehow give comfort and uplift the Filipino spirits through their kind of music. It is an inspirational song that aims to boost the morale of the Filipinos amidst the tragedy that struck the Philippines. The message that is conveyed in every lyrics of the song is hope- that after the fall must come the rise.
The making of Bagong Umaga is not a walk in the park. It is very commendable and truly praiseworthy that despite each musician’s varied schedules, they took the time and the effort to come up with this beautiful masterpiece as a simple dedication to our fellow Filipinos who have lost many lives and properties.
Please take note that the recording was not done professionally; it was done only in a home studio. Nevertheless, as a General myself, I felt proud that they were able to pull it through; not to mention that the composer himself is my very own brother and one of the artists who sang is our youngest brother, Mark a.k.a Utog, Kuerdas Band’s lead vocals
It is moving to know that these musicians were able to collaborate for the love of their fellow Filipinos.
Bagong Umaga would not have been possible if not for the following musicians who actively participated in this joint undertaking:
KUERDAS feat. Various Musicians of GENSAN
Deane of CENTERPOINT
Jomic of 3RD EDGE
Jaja and Ondo of CHIMES and RHYTHM
April of MAYANA
Don-Don, Moner and Gifford Sumaylo of RED OCTOBER
Nina of FRESH STUFF
Bodik of PULSE RATE
Have a listen and watch the video:
Credit to VON ELLIS for the video.