Dimiao Rondalla | Viva Bohol

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Viva Bohol

by Dimiao Rondalla

Traditional folk music from the Philippine island of Bohol. The group features 25 high school students from the town of Dimiao playing an array of stringed instruments, including the 14-string Banduria, guitar, mandolin, upright bass and percussion.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Fifth of Beethoven
3:12 $0.99
2. Ang Bol-Anon
2:48 $0.99
3. Black and White Rag
2:58 $0.99
4. Exodus
3:11 $0.99
5. Sunrise Sunset
5:01 $0.99
6. I Could Have Danced All Night
3:04 $0.99
7. In His Time
4:08 $0.99
8. Kalinangan Bansa
4:50 $0.99
9. Philippine Air
4:19 $0.99
10. Rosas Pandan
4:25 $0.99
11. Roses of the South
3:58 $0.99
12. Sampaguita (La Flor de Manila)
4:07 $0.99
13. Sarung Banggi
3:42 $0.99
14. Spanish Eyes
2:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dimiao Rondalla's debut album "Viva Bohol" was recorded by New York record producer Albert Garzon, who has recorded folk and tribal music in many parts of the world. Garzon got his start in the music industry in the 1980's, when an album he produced for Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs went Gold. Besides rock and punk bands in the USA, Albert has worked with ethnic groups from all over the world including Russia, The Netherlands, Nigeria and various Philippine Islands.

The "rondalla" is an ensemble of stringed instruments played with the plectrum or pick and generally known as plectrum instruments. It originated in Medieval Spain, especially in Catalonia, Aragon, Murcia, and Valencia. The tradition was later taken to South America and the Philippines.

Philippine rondalla instruments are made of native Philippine wood and played with a tortoise-shell plectrum. The word rondalla is from the Spanish ronda, meaning "serenade." The core instruments of a Spanish rondalla are the guitar, the mandolin, and the Banduria. The bandurria is a 14-string plucked chordophone from Spain, similar to the mandolin, primarily used in Spanish folk music, but also found in former Spanish colonies.



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