Barcelona Band Manel, Manila’s Sleep Kitchen Light Up Indie Concert Posporo(s)
Published · Friday, November 24, 2017 02:58 PM
Indie bands Manel and Sleep Kitchen take center stage at 20:20 Bar in Makati on November 25 to deliver the last round of Philippine-Spanish indie concerts Posporo(s) 2017.
Organized by the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes de Manila with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Posporo(s) is a series of concerts featuring the best bands in the Spanish and Philippine indie music scene. For the last two years, 16 groups from Spain and the Philippines and several prestigious local DJs have ignited the best live music venues in Metro Manila with these bilateral music matches. Posporo(s) aims to promote indie music talents from Spain and the Philippines, giving the artists themselves an opportunity to experience the music of their counterparts.
Manel is undoubtedly one of the most relevant contemporary bands in the Spanish scene for their exquisite variety of musical repertoire, navigating between pop and folk along with deep narrative wit. With their four records, the Barcelona band is already part of the great tradition of excellent music sung in Catalan, where the big names of the cançó have always operated as popular craftsmen, offering a message that reaches all social layers, generational fringes and geographical origins. The great narrative flow of their compositions transits by the daily emotion, the nostalgia and the future at hand, in a universe full of characters that move between the real and the imagined.
After becoming the first pop act ever to reach the #1 of the Official Spanish Charts singing in Catalan with 10 milles per veure una bona armadura(2011), the band did it again two more times: in 2013 with the release of their third album Atletes, baixin de l'escenari (2013) and then, in April 2016, with their fourth, Jo competeixo. With Jo competeixo, Manel made a clear turn towards the contemporary pop that the band will offer at their Manila concert.
Sleep Kitchen will join Manel in this last concert of Posporo(s) 2017. The Filipino quartet has, by accident, combined folk, soul, and rock in what was only supposed to be a garden variety telling of Tao Aves' everyday sadness. In the course of the group's relatively new standing, each of the members have already established their individual musical ventures and careers, especially Aves. The band's collaborative work has been on for more than a year now and their music sends vivid pictures of the stories they intend to share. From the narratives of the lyrics, the powerful fluid riffs, and the enchanting voice of Aves, Sleep Kitchen has made its mark on their chosen musical genres.
As with the first season of Posporo(s) concerts, this edition culminates with Philipine DJs playing the latest in electronic music. Growing up in a musically inclined family, counting singing and playing instruments as early forays, it isn't hard to imagine that Mafia Escasinas would eventually pursue a career in music as a DJ. Starting in 2014 at Today x Future, she found comfort in house and electro music, but was later challenged to embrace hip hop and R&B where she has since thrived. Spinning a signature sexy vibe, she is also one half of The Grrs (with James Go), a DJ duo that also hosts Bed Squeaks, a hip hop and R&B party at Finders Keepers in Black Market, as well as an electro/indie night at Today x Future called Oh No!A versatile DJ, she currently plays a range of genres, including house, techno, hip hop, R&B, electro and disco.
Miss Badkiss a.k.a. Christina Bartges is a half German DJ that plays an impeccable array of electro and techno mostly from her home country Germany. She got musically inspired hanging out her favorite club Erste Liga in Munich, watching the club's residents Munk. When she started using the decks, Munk were nice enough to give her a bunch of records. Munk is now a popular artist who have releases by the label Gomma who have on its roster, Headman and Princess Superstar. Today, Miss Badkiss is the resident DJ of Elektro Disco, Soundsgood's Friday nights at M Café. Her DJing skill has brought her all around the country. Her collection of vinyl is constantly updated as she plays the latest in minimal techno, hiphop, groove, discopunk and anything funky enough to make anyone dance.