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10 Songs to Get You in the Malasimbo Groove

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The Malasimbo crowd in full force (photo by Renato Valenzuela, Jr.)

Two more days and all roads and sea routes will lead to beautiful Puerto Galera, Mindoro for the 5th Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival!

There is a stellar line-up this year including Ky-Mani Marley, the second youngest of reggae icon and legend Bob Marley’s eleven children, who did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps but a collaboration of Pras of The Fugees for Eddie Grant’s “Electric Avenue” made him fall in love with music. It was inevitable! Another child of a famous musician visiting Malasimbo is Taylor McFerrin, an American DJ, music producer, keyboardist and beatboxer.  He is the eldest son of popular vocalist and classical conductor Bobby McFerrin. French Kiwi Juice or FKJ, rising star of the electronic French indie scene, also performs at Malasimbo. I’m also looking forward to hearing American funkmeister, legendary bandleader and trombonist Fred Wesley and The New JBs as well as Australian beatboxer Tom Thum.

kymani marley and jordan rakei

Ky-mani Marley (photo by and Jordan Rakei (photo by Niche Productions)

The New Standard asked Olivia D’Aboville, artist and co-organizer of Malasimbo Arts & Music Festival, to come up with a playlist for its festival feature here and I’d love to share that playlist with you at The Gypsetters.Net. For some of these tracks, click on the song title and let the music move you! Thank you Olivia and we’re so looking forward to watching these amazing acts LIVE!

May all your gypsetting dreams come true,


1.Hustler by Ky-Mani Marley

2. Doin’ It To Death by Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s

Fred Wesley and the JB's rehearsals

Fred Wesley and the JB’s rehearsals (photo from

3. FKJ by Learn to fly ft. Jordan Rakei

4. Grandma’s Hands by Tom Thum

5. The Antidote by Taylor Mcferrin

6. See You Again by Golden Sound

7. Under Blankets by Crwn

8. All You Are by Vinced

9. Silangan – Crowns Down

10. The World is Your Oyster by Dragonfly Collector

Line-up of artists this year; crowd goes wild at Malasimbo (photo by Antonio del Rosario)

Line-up of artists this year; crowd photo by Antonio Del Rosario


Comments - 2 Responses to “ 10 Songs to Get You in the Malasimbo Groove ”

  1. Avatar jcl says:

    The link for Crowns Down’s song “Silangan” is incorrect. Please try to fix it. 😀

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