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Spotify continues their KALYE X campaign, this time showcasing talent from Mindanao — the southern region in the Philippines. For this initiative, the streaming platform tapped Mindanao-raised hip-hop collective Morobeats.

Founded and led by DJ Medmessiah, Morobeats is proud to represent Zamboanga and the rest of the Mindanao region, and has been a prominent fixture in the Pinoy hip-hop scene since 2014. The group boasts a roster of talented acts, including Miss A, Tha Wizard and Dizzy D of H20 Klann, Prophecee, Malik, Teemo, Naus, Fateeha, JMara, and more.

DJ Medmessiah expressed his enthusiasm for this first-of-its-kind milestone, saying, “We’re proud and excited that the rest of the world will hear ‘Kendeng.’ We’ve been dedicating our music and talent to showcase the rich Mindanaoan culture and share our style of hip-hop, and this collaboration with Spotify is providing us with that opportunity.”

“We are committed to amplifying the voices of these artists, celebrating their remarkable talent and the stories of Mindanao through hip-hop music. It is our goal for the performers to freely express themselves, engage with their fans in a fresh way, and connect with new listeners.” says Kossy Ng, Spotify Asia’s Head of Music.

Miss A emphasizes the importance of representation and the value of hard work in their journey, “As a female hip-hop artist from Mindanao, I am glad and honored that I get to do something that I deeply love. Hopefully, this undertaking inspires more people to continuously hone their talents, keep creating music, and make their voices heard.”

Morobeats’ song ‘Kendeng’ reflects on the group’s passion for hip-hop. Within the song, the members channel their energy to narrate their spirit in chasing their dreams, inspiring listeners to remain steadfast in their pursuits. You can listen to the track here.

Tanikala made a debut appearance on the internationally renowned Netflix special, Jo Koy's In His Elements after winning a rap contest by Morobeats. The prize consisted of winning a recorded album that was released in 2020, this became the self titled album, Tanikala. Shortly after the album was released and after completing the official music video for the song "Kayumanggi", Tanikala announced himself as an independent artist.

Tanikala stems from Dasmarinas, Cavite. Eufrenzy Jeano Mira Chichico, Tanikala is the 17 year old rapper who pens lyrical verses that tackles and sparks uncomfortable subjects for some. Tanikala takes much pride in being Filipino and through his experience from seeing his Mom having to leave the family to make a living, he gives the audience a taste of the struggle by giving the public an insight to life as a working Filipino overseas.

Subjects tackled in his songs pertain to the growing concerns about violence, drugs, community, mental illness--- to a very wide range including teen pregnancy. He makes a statement in each song allowing those who listen to understand that these are very real and existing challenges within the community. Watch him do the #HowManyChallenge to #1 song in the Philippines "How Many" created by FilAms Guapdad 4000 & producer !llmind.

In a much recent conversation and explanation on the "Panalo" cover below by Tanikala, Tanikala steps in to show support for fellow Filipino rapper, Ez Mil. Tanikala, has a strong belief that we as Filipino's should be showing support towards one another.

In the "Panalo" cover, Tanikala mentions that we all have a right to our culture as Filipinos no matter where you are--- Tanikala hopes that all who get a chance to listen will drop the nit picking and be happy that Filipinos are becoming known worldwide for creating something uplifting, something recognizable--- something that inspires people to keep creating.

Tanikala sees Ez Mil's "Panalo" that has reached over 50M streams worldwide in 2 weeks as a win for all Filipinos. Tanikala turns the "Panalo" cover as a song of unity and asks those before him (national heroes) for strength and courage for all.

Catch the first global TV performance of "Panalo" LIVE on ASAP (All Star Afternoon Party) this Sunday 3/7 at 12P. Check your local cable & satellite viewing schedule for TFC, Kapamilya Channel, iWantTFC app & here on MYX soon.

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