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Filipino fusion band SamaSama Project set for Frankfort

The Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club will present SamaSamProject Oct. 27 Lincoln-Way East High School Frankfort.

The Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club will present SamaSama Project on Oct. 27 at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort.

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Updated: November 27, 2012 10:30AM



One can celebrate Filipino American Heritage Month and the diversity of the United States by joining the Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club for an event.

The concert will feature a fusion of traditional folk music and contemporary music from the Philippines.

The service club, comprised of local business and community leaders, has arranged to bring one of Chicago’s premier Filipino folk fusion bands to the area at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort.

“We are excited to bring the SamaSama Project to the Lincoln-Way area,” said Margaret Semmer, president of the Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club.

“We hope area residents join us for this special concert as we celebrate Filipino American Heritage Month and learn more about another culture.”

The SamaSama Project, which fuses Filipino traditional folk music with contemporary music, performs regularly at cultural festivals, museum shows and commercial or private engagements in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.

In 2011, the group performed at the Pope’s World Youth Day MacroFestival Concert in Madrid, Spain.

“Their music and their rich culture have been influenced by a number of foreign settlers including the United States,” said Rotarian Jan Paul Ferrer who was instrumental in bringing the group to the Lincoln-Way area.

“When you open up your mind and look at diversity … you will find there are a lot of similarities (between the American culture and Filipino culture).”

The group of musicians includes Baron Cabalona on drums, Ran Sevilla on guitar, Lee Maningas on bass and Louella Cabalona on vocals.

“We have diverse music (in the Philippines),” said Cabalona, explaining how the country has been occupied and influenced by a number of countries including the United States, Spain and China through the years.

As a result, SamaSama Project’s art and music reflect influences from the American, Spanish and Chinese cultures.

Tickets to the concert are $10, $25 with limited sponsor or $55 and $100 for VIP at thetogetherconcert.bpt.me or by calling Rotarian John Lachat at (708) 802-6576 or Rotarian Jan Paul Ferrer at (708) 692-0393.

The program will include songs that highlight the role of Filipino women at specific points in history, Filipino songs sung by American artists such as Nat King Cole and Eartha Kitt, and Filipino classics created in the 1980s and earlier and showcased in various musical genres as well as a taste of original Pilipino music.

Featured artists include Karrel Bernardo, Michael Baylon, the PACF Dancers, 3JNR and the Philippine Dance Troupe of the Quad Cities with the participation of Emilia Ramos and Tyler Bach.

The program director is Marc Rita.

Information: tinleyparkfrankfortrotary.com.

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