The Blessed Land and Asin’s Prophetic Vision



This study focuses on the music of the Filipino folk band Asin, and how both its body of work, as a performative gesture of liberating art, and its vision of a just society articulated in its lyrics contributed, and continues to contribute, to the movements of liberation of the Filipino people. Through their musical creation, they gave Filipinos a utopian view of what a just society can be and what its source of realization is. Their art provides the vision of a just world order to come, a form of aporia that challenges the members of this polity to reimagine the world of violence and marginalization that they protest.

Keywords: Filipino protest music, folk music, forms of aporia, ideology, music and liberation movements, utopian art.

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