Singalong Bumbong (2023)

sound performance with bamboo instruments


Born in the Philippines, the musical phenomenon MUSIKONG BUMBONG, which emerged during the active period of the Katipunan, officially known as the Kataastaasang, forms the basis of the Project. KKK (German: supreme and honorable association of the children of the nation) was a Philippine Revolutionary Society formed by anti-Spanish colonialists and Filipinos in 1892 Manila was founded; Their main goal was to gain independence from Spain through revolution to get. The bands that emerged at this time use handmade bamboo instruments, which imitated western wind instruments, but used a kazoo as a sound generator. The performance "Singalong Bumbong" uses these instruments in conjunction with the vocals of a Filipino musician to make reference to the large overseas Filipino community Workers (OFW), who mainly work below deck in the port of Hamburg. You can find them in Hamburg largest community of Filipino migrant workers in Germany. As an “exemplary minority” called, they contribute to a large extent to the processes at the port, their personal stories remain mostly hidden and were often only in the now closed Philippine for others Karaoke bar on the corner of Hopfenstraße, conveyed through the presentation of personally selected people Pop songs, audible. Hamburg does not seem to be aware of this support and instead devotes itself to the Portuguese Colonialists Ferdinand Magellan erected a monument, who commissioned the Spanish crown to establish a western route Indonesia should find. In his attack on the Philippine island of Mactan, he was 1521,  from Lapu-Lapu, the chief and ruler of Mactan in the Visayas region of the Philippines, killed. Lapu-Lapu is considered the first Filipino hero who successfully resisted foreign rule has resisted. Under his leadership, the Mactan warriors defeated the Spanish army. “Close to you” is a concert format that merges noise and karaoke intentions into one different types of protest music.



Band Members:

Louise Vind Nielsen - euphonium

Sohyun Young - trombone

Florian Bräunlich - trumpet

Cooperfrau Melissengeist - clarinet

Arvild Baud - trombone

Tintin Patrone - horn

Joee Mejias - voice

Tengal Drilon - voice

Tita V - voice

Mommy Carol - voice

Tita Cleofe - voice

Ate Vanessa - voice

Musikong Bumbong literally meaning Bamboo Music, is a Filipino musical ensemble that perform with woodwind instruments made out of Bamboo. The instruments of Musikong Bumbong are made in the shape similar to those in a Brass band. Bamboo is a common material in precolonial Philippines, it is used in a variety of ways, ranging from tools, furniture, building material, agricultural and fishing gear, and handicrafts [2]. Bamboo instruments are not new in the Philippines, the Kulintang ensemble uses bamboo instruments. Musikong Bumbong started out as a small band called Banda de Boca in Barangay Tonsuya, Malabon in 1896 by Felix Ramos. Initially, the members of the band are members of the Katipunan. The band formed as a result of ingenuity and creativity of the Filipino people. The band would usually play in events such as weddings and town fiestas. The band underwent several changes and is currently in its Fourth generation.

The Musikong Bumbong is facing a steady decline due to the shortage of people who can make and play instruments. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines has it's own version of Musikong Bumbong called the Banda Kawayan. The town of Obando, Bulacan continues the tradition of Musikong Bumbong during the month of May.


The instruments were provided by Daniel Ray Eramis from Bulacan, Philippines, who is still teaching his music students how to play the instruments.

© Christina Köhler 2023