Harana Kings

In the old Philippines, before text messaging and Facebook, a gentleman courted a lady by serenading her at night beneath her window, a tradition called harana. Like Cuba’s “Buena Vista Social Club,” the new Harana Kings album joins seasoned veterans with young interpreters, creating music that’s simultaneously a cultrural remembrance and a fresh discovery. Guitars, light percussion and unadorned voices blending in exquisite harmony — the music, rooted in Spanish traditons, sounds like classic Mexican bolero with inventive Asian spice. Produced beautifully and performed impeccably, “Introducing the Harana Kings” is a ravishing collection of authentic Filipino music.

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