big "yes" for Grace Nono
from the success of her third album earlier in the year, Filipina
singer Grace Nono continues to develop her art and music. Her latest
album, Hulagpos -- Breaking Free (Tao Music, Philippines, 1998), is
a strident and passionate set of songs based on poetry written by
is a brave move on Nono's part after the success of her third album,
Isang Buhay (BMG, Philippines, 1998), one would expect her to follow-up
with more of the same, following the usual commercial formula. But
not Nono, whose determination to get these songs out led her to release
them independently through Arugaan Ng Kalakasan, a support group for
women victims of violence, and which is also the project's Executive
main theme of the poetry used by Nono is the struggle to stop violence
against women. Get active, shatter the typical myths and stereotypes,
these are the messages Nono tries, very successfully, to get across.
passionate and haunting voice drives the music and she pulls no punches.
The songs work best when the arrangements are simple, leaving Nono
to tell the story. The entire package is packed with information in
both Tagalog and English. The best so-called Songs-for-life album
I've heard this year.
16 October 1998