A Filipino Serenade From Charmaine Clamor on FreeHam Records
Charmaine Clamor's critically acclaimed recordings have the ability to amalgamate the soul and swing of American jazz combined with traditional Filipino folk music, languages and instruments. By doing something so unique, it instantaneously created a new fusion genre she dubbed jazzipino.
Hailing from the regional town of Subic-Zambales, Charmaine began her singing career at age 3, entertaining passengers in the back of buses traveling to Manila. As time passed in her childhood, Charmiane provided a complement to her mother on piano as she sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English classics. It was those fond memories that inspired her love of the Great American Songbook.
My Harana: A Filipino Serenade is Charmaine's second consecutive album to make the World Music Top-10; her 2007 release Flippin' Out appeared on the charts for 16 weeks. Her new release prompted columnist Gordon Murray to comment, "For anyone interested in uniquely cool music and if you're up for a world-jazz cultural and educational seduction, My Harana is a must-have."
My Harana: A Filipino Serenade is certain to continue to stir a buzz in the jazz and world music circles in every corner of the globe. Charmaine Clamor is an inspiration for women from all lifestyles, proving that if you believe in yourself and your art, the sky is the limit. As the rave reviews continue to pour in jazzipino is becoming a flourishing sub genre of jazz that many listeners continue to seek out and enjoy.
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