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POP GOES MINDANAO

DAVAO CITY — Over the years Mindanao music has been boxed in the “ethnic” or “world” music category. This is probably because the first Mindanaoan musicians who broke into the mainstream brought instruments like the kulintang, kubing, kuglong/kudyapi, and agung into their musical styles. Audiences, particularly in Metro Manila and other places outside Mindanao, lapped up the “new sound” — but in the process also set a limit to what they believe Mindanao music should be.