Track of the Week: Cynthia Alexander – “Wait”

On June 21, we will have Fete de la Musique 2014 here in Manila (as in many cities elsewhere). Two years ago was the first time the main stage was at the Kalayaan-Makati Avenue corridor. That was also one of the two performances Cynthia Alexander staged on her farewell tour that were for free (the other one being a radio appearance on Jam 88.3’s Rock Ed Radio show). Two percussion ensembles, Bakunawa (Jean-Paul Zialcita’s group) and Brigada opened that afternoon’s show.

One of the most magical moments was when this happened on the Fete main stage:

Modesty forbids me from mentioning exactly how this happened, but the only thing I can share is that it has to do with the fact that a basic bateria rhythm pattern is exactly the same as the rhythm pattern as “Wait,” which Alexander said is actually one from the Maguindanao area. The universality of rhythm, and indeed of music, is one of the themes of Fete de la Musique.

Anyway, later that night was the final night of the farewell tour at Conspiracy, and Brigada came along with her. Here’s the full version of Cynthia Alexander, her ensemble, and Brigada doing “Wait.”

Oh, and I have a bonus track to share, because a friend had a pretty infuriating tale to share with me yesterday. This is a classic by Cynthia Alexander’s equally notable brother, for whom she played the bass at one point.

Have a good weekend everyone!

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