MANILA, Philippines – Jungee Marcelo discovered the world of hip-hop in Los Angeles as a teenager. There, the city’s youth released their spirit through dance and music. He was dubbed “the brown man with a black soul.”
“Pansamantagal” is an amalgamation of the Filipino pansamantala (temporary) and “Ang tagal” (It’s taking too long). Through his song, Marcelo tells his experiences in life, associating them all with the act of waiting.
“Pansamantagal” is performed by Sitti and Julianne Tarroja.
Noong teenager ako, nakita ko sa streets of Los Angeles, may this thing called hip-hop. They were popping, they were locking, they were crumping, they were doing Running Man. So, naki-jam ako. They call me, “the brown man with the black soul.”
(Singing) Heto nanaman ako, nalilito, sampung minute akala ko naman fastfood ‘to. (Singing stops)
I decided na, “Ok, this is what I want to be: doing the music and hip-hop infused together.”
(Singing) Simple lang naman ang order. Guys, isang drink, walang ice, ibubuhos lang…Pareho rin naman ang tick-tock ng relo. (Singing stops)
Sa country, we need music because it lightens up the load. When you’re going through the toughest time of your life, you sing a song. It makes you feel better.
(Singing) Sakto, ora mismo. Pansamantalang kaduda-duda, ang tagal pala nung teka muna. (Singing stops)
The title of my song is “Pansamantagal,” a combination of two words, “pansamantala” and “ang tagal.”
(Singing) Pansamantagal pa rin sa bagal, pansamantagal laking sagabal. (Singing stops)
I joined Philpop because I have been told na, “Huwag ka nang sumali. Pagbigyan mo na yung mga bata.” I just want to know if I still have it, kung wagas pa ang pagka-asim.
(Singing) Pansamantagal, walang aangal. Pansamantagal dapat i-bawal. Pansamantagal. (Singing stops)
Watch and listen to the music video:
– With reports from Sai Villafuerte/Rappler.com
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