It is a bit ironic that Latin music never made it big here in the Philippines. After all, we have a shared history with our Latino brothers and sisters on the other side of the Pacific. We also share a profound love of music that is pervasive in both our cultures.
Chalk it up to Americans introducing us to pop and rock. Our OPM is nearly indistinguishable from American music. We have less sex, more love in our music but you can’t deny that we sound the same. On the other hand, Latin Music’s influences remain on the Iberian and African side of things.
Nyko Maca is the lone voice of the wilderness for Latin Music in the Philippines. And what a beautiful voice it is. There is a quality with her singing that simply raises goosebumps. Always on point, with a register that you can feel in your nether regions.
It is a shame that Latin music and Brazil fusion just does not take off here in the Philippines. At the very least, we should listen to its premier ambassador on this side of the globe.