Sezairi dominates streaming charts in Asia with global hit “It’s You”

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After going viral on TikTok and subsequently charting on Spotify Global Viral 50 Chart where it peaked at No. 17, Singapore-based singer-songwriter Sezairi is currently on the rise with the recent success of his single “ It’s You .” A rousing ballad that showcases the journey of putting one’s fears to rest when it comes to loving someone, “It’s You” is part of Sezairi’s recently released EP, Undertones . “I had a lot of things in mind when writing this song but I guess the underlying theme is love,” the chart-topping artist opens up about the inspiration behind the track. “It’s like going on this crazy journey just searching for ‘the one’ and then having a sudden realization, and disbelief even, that you already know who you were looking for and that they were always there and will always be there for you no matter what. It’s also a sort of ode, a thank you to that special someone in your life.” The song is steadily climbing on Spotify Philippines’ Top 100 charts, ranking at No.

Collaboratory Live: Of Poems and Music

Spoken words have been a flourishing performing art in the Manila art scene for the recent years. Different groups and collectives were already established performing pieces that transforms poems into a moving art- both physically and emotionally. A spring of new collaboration that does not only features different spoken word artists but also features performances with budding musicians. Collaboratory.PH recently held their live performance entitled Collaboratory Live at Gift Avenue Café in Quezon City last November 11, 2017.
Filled with words and music, Collaboratory Live is a performance event conceived by Collaboratory.PH which features spoken word artist and musicians that are actively contribute to this art scene. The event also features an open mic for the audience who wants to share their poems, music and would like to have a piece of the stage for a night. Moreover, outstanding original work performances from the collaboration members were witnessed. Uniquely, Collaboratory Live introduced several performances that were done and featured collaborations with solo musicians hailed from different collectives and area. These poems and performances does not only tackle the usual themes such as unrequited love or pain of being broken-hearted, moreover, it opens and spread ideas of inclusive love, grief from a loss, respect on individuality and as far as love for freedom.
The successful event was well attended by enthusiast, several bloggers and supporters. Performances from the collaborator mainstays Maimai Cantillano, Jerome Cleofas, Mark Dimaisip, Sofia Dara Medina, Leandro Reyes, Ian Christopher Sudiacal Reinne Villasanta and collaboration with their guests Siege Brazil, Meivelyn Caliboso, Nuna M. Esguerra, Nelle Fernandez,Mark Ghosn and Keene JV Agaton Leonor were all applauded.  
A rerun of Collaboratory Live will be held this coming December 2, 2017 at Gift Avenue Café in Quezon City.

Text and Photos by Ariane Dave Farnazo.

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