THE Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival has gone a long way. On its debut year in 2011, the innovative festival nestled within the mountain of Malasimbo in Puerto Galera gathered over a thousand guests over a period of three days.
For 2015, both aficionados and first-timers can expect something much bigger: a double-weekend festival in celebration of Malasimbo’s 5th anniversary.
The first weekend, slated from March 6 to 8, is expected to attract its loyal attendees from all over the world with the “Music and Arts Festival” to be headlined Ky-Mani Marley, son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley.
The international lineup also includes Fred Wesley and the New J.B.s, led by the former band director of iconic artist James Brown, the Godfather of soul and funk music. Taylor McFerrin, son of popular vocalist Bobby (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”) McFerrin is a Brooklyn-based DJ, producer, keyboardist and beatboxer that released his debut album, Early Riser on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder record label. Tom Thum, a world famous beatboxer with the most viewed TEDx video in the world with over 30 million views.
More artists, both local and international, are completing the exciting lineup like French Kiwi Juice (France), GOCOO + GORO (Japan) Taiko Drum Band, our own Brigada, Noli Aurillo, Akasha, Bleu Rascals, Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community, Crwn, and among others to be announced soon.
Come March 13 to 15, the first ever “Lights and Dance Festival” takes place—catering specifically the millenials and offering an immersive feast of state-of-the-art light shows enhanced with contemporary and traditional dance performances, full-circled with hip hop, house and electronic music that is most relevant to the youth of today.
Dance organizations are given a prime spot at the festival like Philippine All Stars, Planet Zips Luminaries, Daloy Dance Company and more. A talented selection of DJs, both local and international, is guaranteed to everyone dance all night.
DJ Kentaro, DJ Mitsu the Beats, To-Ru, HiFaNa, and Tetsuji Tanaka & MC Cardz are flying in straight from Japan, accompanied by many great acts: Swindle (UK), Manolet Dario, Mikail, Br3aking Silence, Emel Rowe, and Lyrically Deranged Poets to bring Philippines’ finest in hip hop today.
The festival will also continue to weave music with arts, environment, and indigenous culture into one life-changing adventure.
On its fifth year, over 30 artists will showcase their works—whether permanent or degradable, loud or discreet, phantasmagoric or natural, interactive or silent, the works all have a synergy with the mountain, the landscape, the wind, the ocean or the festival’s creative energy.
Also at the heart of Malasimbo is the Mangyan village, where exhibits and workshops showcase their rich culture and beautiful crafts. The demo Mangyan village, built by Mangyan craftsmen in 2010, is now a permanent feature of the Malasimbo Grounds, and showcases the seven Mangyan tribes of Mindoro. Each tribe is represented through life-size houses respecting their original architecture.
Behind the festivities, eco-cultural preservation is an integral part of the Malasimbo. With The d’Aboville Foundation, the festival promotes mangrove tree planting, the use of solar power, the protection of the endangered Tamaraw in partnership with French organization Noé Conservation, coastal cleanups, and other ongoing projects within Puerto Galera, a member of the “Most Beautiful Bays in the World.”
All these make Malasimbo the Philippines’ first event of its caliber, and therefore a top attraction in the Department of Tourism’s campaign, “Visit the Philippines Year 2015.”
Indeed, people from all walks of life will once again seek the “Malasimbo Magic.”