Have you taken a look at the music scene recently? There’s a ton of great music out there. A lot of those songs also happen to be sang in Bisaya. It’s easy to forget, but there was a time when we didn’t have a name for the genre of pop music sung in Bisaya.
When Jude Gitamondoc coined the term, he thought he was simply naming a songwriting contest, but the term stuck and everyone started using it to describe a genre of music. The word “Vispop” was widely adopted and currently holds a firm place in our culture. Unfortunately, this term/genre/group/contest isn’t without controversy. Behind the scenes of the music, there was drama brewing. Jude eloquently wrote a piece that helped propel this controversy into the limelight. He called it My Vispop Journey.
In this episode, we get into the weeds and talk about the genesis of the Vispop dispute, explain the outrage of the artists, and take a look at the key people behind the scenes of this story.
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