With more than 7,000 islands and 170 different languages, the history of the Filipino people is just as varied and distinct as its geography. Despite these differences, Filipinos unite over a sense of pride for their diversity and their love for OPM or Original Pilipino Music.
OPM emerged in the late 1970s as a way to get local songwriters on Filipino radio stations dominated by American Top 40. This era ushered in a number of prolific songwriters from a vast array of musical genres spanning rock, pop and R&B to jazz and folk. Today, any song written by a Filipino, whether in English or Tagalog, is considered OPM.
Music Arts Events brings together both nostalgic and contemporary OPM in Serenata Filipina on August 17. The event features such Filipino American artists as award winning jazz vocalist Mon David, premiering songs from his upcoming fourth album...
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