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Charmaine Clamor: Filipino Fusion

When cultures clash, there is typically friction, but occasionally unexpected harmony. Musically speaking, vocalist Charmaine Clamor orchestrated the latter when she combined her two greatest loves-the traditional kundiman of her native Philippines and American jazz standards-to create a hybrid she calls “jazzipino.”

Born in the tiny village of Subic-Zambales and raised by music-loving parents, Clamor recalls “waking up almost every morning to opera, classical, jazz and kundiman, which are the Filipino equivalent of torch songs. Being exposed so young to so many types of music made me very open to the idea of using my voice to produce different sounds. Some people tell me I have a classical sound when I sing Filipino songs, others say I have a distinct jazz sound.”

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