Bisrock, or "Bisaya nga rock," has had phenomenal success in recent times, so much so that even local FM stations who have snubbed Bisaya songs before are now giving original Bisaya materials regular airplay. In fact, Bisrock's popularity has is so great, it has extended to the rest of the Bisaya-speaking regions in the country.
Despite this appreciation for Bisayan songs, a whiplash effect was also felt. In the rush to fill the growing clamor for Bisrock, many have traded quality for instant gratification. It is along this line of thought that the Cebuano Songwriting Seminar/Workshop was organized. It aims to help young songwriters come up with quality compositions while learning from industry professionals about the various aspects of songwriting and recording.
Eping of the Ambassadors, Ian Zafra of Sheila and the Insects, Cebuano poet Myke Obenieta of Sun.star Weekend, and Puldo Cañada of Zzubu Studio, and Lorenzo Niñal of Missing Filemon, will be covering five main topics: The first topic will be a background into the Cebuano language; and the second will be about writing lyrics in Cebuano.
The third topic will discuss melody and how a 'hook' helps make it effective when composing songs. The fourth topic is musical arrangement, and the last topic will be about using the studio.
This songwriting workshop will be held from April 14 to 15, 2007, and is open to individuals 15 years old and above. Participants are encouraged to bring at least one composition in Cebuano, in any genre. Registration is Php700, which covers meals, snacks, accommodation and transportation. Participants will also be receiving certificates, workshop giveaways, and the rare experience of turning mere words into truly memorable songs. (BR)