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About Bamboo

Fresh from the success of his second solo studio album “Bless This Mess” released in October last year, Bamboo Manalac - one of the biggest names in Asian rock - is ready to hit the road again in 2016.

As well as being one of his country’s biggest stars of the past 20 years, Bamboo is also a global icon for Filipino fans thanks to regular TV appearances as a coach and mentor on the globally-successful “Voice of The Philippines” and “The Voice Kids” aired on ABS CBN. He is also a regular performer on the channel’s Sunday Concert show ASAP.

As a musician, Bamboo’s distinctly recognisable vocals have long been associated with Pinoy rock classics such as “Awit ng Kabataan”, “Ulan” and “Himala” – songs that saw Bamboo become a rock icon back in his Rivermaya days in 1993.

After leaving the band and and spending five years living in the US, Bamboo returned to the Philippines to form his eponymous rock band Bamboo, a group that forged rock anthems such as “Noypi”, “Hallelujah”, “Masaya” and “Tatsulok”.

In 2011, the band called it quits, a move that led him to the creation of his debut solo album “No Water, No Moon” released under the band Bamboo’s home label, Polyeast Records (EMI Philippines). Producing chart-topping hits that made his comeback one of the most popular albums of the year, “No Water, No Moon” included the singles “Questions”, “Spin”, “Ikot ng Mundo” and “In This Life.”

The same album gave him another taste of industry recognition at the 25th Awit Awards with Bamboo winning the “Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist” award for the song “Questions.”

Making the leap from renowned front-man to credible solo act is no easy feat but that didn’t stop Bamboo’s ambitious resolve to conjure up a new and eclectic set as he teamed up with some of the top musicians in the music industry, including Ria Osorio, Kakoy Legaspi, Jun Jun Regalado, Bong Gonzales and Simon Tan.

With “Bless This Mess” cementing his status as one of his country’s most creative artists and a dynamic live performer, Bamboo is looking forward to performing new tracks such as “Firepower”, classics from his Rivermaya/Bamboo band days as well as songs by artists such as Bruno Mars, Coldplay and Robbie Williams.

“With “Mess”, I wanted something rhythmic, something loud,” he says. “I always wanted it to be a punch in the face but I also want all of my audience to be able to relate to it as my audience covers everyone from the older generation to the young kids who come up and ask for photos or talk to me because of “The Voice Kids”.”